Slick roads and icy commutes hit the Valley

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Across the Valley, slick roads made for a dicey commute home on Monday evening.

News crews had the First News Live Drive Action Camera out for hours, seeing first hand how the roads were. There were major issues until the sun went down and roads became increasingly slick, resulting in at least three accidents.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Canfield location said they’re going to have their crews out and although they’re not going to be at full capacity, but they will be keeping a very close eye on the temperature.

One of the first accidents of Monday evening took place right under the market street bridge in Youngstown.

Not too far down the road, the 193 bridge was again a sheet of ice. It was the same way Friday night.

Youngstown Fire Crews said there was a two-car accident but no one was hurt. Traffic was tied up for a bit, and an ODOT truck couldn’t salt the road until cars started moving.

“We’re going to play it by ear and plan accordingly. If it ices up, the crews will be back out early again, getting the roads taken care of,” said Mahoning County Engineer Paul Ginnetti.

According to Ginnetti, that’s their plan for the night. He saif single-digit temperatures are a concern, especially wet roads re-freezing overnight.

ODOT also said that they’re going to be using calcium chloride to make sure the salt will remain effective in extremely low temperatures such as what the Valley is expected to see over the next few days.

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