The Log Cabin took some time just before lunch today to drive around Conway and see just how bad things were — and they’re supposed to only get worse.
We didn’t see any crashes or “motorists behaving badly” — but we’re sure there were some. All in all, the “don’t drive unless you have to” advice is probably best, especially if the slush freezes solid later this afternoon or tonight.
The hill at College Avenue and Country Club Road is a little daunting in the snow and ice because it’s steep right at the stop sign and there’s always a fear that you’ll end up going backwards… But there was a little sand spread by the Conway Street Department and people seemed to be managing it. It might be a little dicey for two-wheel-drive vehicles if it gets any slicker than it was when we went through, though, so it might be a good idea to detour this one.
The on-ramp at Salem Road and Interstate 40 eastbound is treacherous because of choice of lesser evils it asks of a motorist: Match I-40 traffic speed or maintain the prudent highway speed for driving on snow and ice? We’ll leave everyone to find their own happy medium with this one, but the interstate itself was about as bad as the roads in town when we were on it, and at points it’s effectively “one lane.” We did see a highway department truck spreading sand, though. Proceed at your own risk.
The curve on Highway 25 near Blaney Hill Road is another problem area that usually gets sand spread on it because the road goes downhill while turning sharply. Long story short, go slow on this one, especially headed out of town.
And finally, as demonstrated in the video, it’ll take at least five seconds to come to a stop from 30 miles per hour on this stuff. Add in a couple seconds it might take to react to an emergency, and a couple to grow on, and our advice is to always try to plan ten seconds ahead. Or better yet, plan on staying in.