Black ice could impact morning commute

By: Melissa Randall

Filling up at the pump Sunday night Bill Imondi of Sutton, Mass. is already thinking about starting the work week with yet another challenging drive in. He commutes 40 miles to his job in Rhode island and the roads are expected to be icy.

“I’ll go slow and put it in four wheel drive,” he said.

Mild temperatures Sunday turned mounds of snow to slush. The water from that melting quickly changed to ice overnight. That’s why Cranston spent much of the day trying to get ahead of the problem.

“Basically plowing the slush and trying to keep the streets as clear as possible because we anticipated the deep freeze this evening,” said Carlos Lopez Estrada, a spokesperson for Mayor Fung.

The DPW crews were sent home around 6 PM, but their work day was far from over. They were called back around 2 am to help get things ready for the morning commute.

“They’ll be salting and sanding the hills– the mains– the problem areas that we know can be difficult to traverse,” explained Lopez Estrada.

Rhode Island State Police urge residents who hit the highways to use caution, slow down and to increase space between cars for better stopping ability.

“Black ice can be very deceiving. It’s hard to see. A lot of times the motorist wont know they’re on black ice until its too late,” said Lt. James Pardington.

Troopers will be out patrolling and will notify Rhode Island DOT of any trouble spots to get them fixed as soon as possible.

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