Bridges, ramps freezing in cold

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Staff | January 6, 2014

ELKHORN—If  you are on the roads today, Walworth County Emergency Management has two words for you:  slow down.

Walworth County is experiencing an unusually higher number of incidents of freezing on bridges and ramps, according to a news release from John Ennis of the county's emergency management organization.

The Walworth County Highway Department is out on the roadways working to control the situation, but extreme cold temperatures and high winds are causing the roads to quickly freeze over, the release noted. It can be almost impossible to see the conditions, so drivers should reduce their speeds, be alert to blowing snow and don't change speeds while crossing bridges.

Motorists should also take precautions if traveling in case they become stranded on the road. The release suggests taking extra clothing and blankets, keeping cell phones charged, and letting someone know travel plans and intended routes.  Information on putting together an emergency travel kit can be found at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.

Don't forget to check on any friends and relatives living along to be sure they have heat, food and needed supplies during the bitter cold spell.

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