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Ketchikan drivers got their first icy roads of the season this week.
The Alaska Department of Transportation worked to de-ice Tongass Highway, while the City of Ketchikan and various independent operators did the same on other roadways in the area. We appreciate their vigilance and efforts in this regard.
As this is being written late Wednesday afternoon, significant portions of the Lower 48 were dealing with weather and road conditions much worse than what we’ve experienced thus far. Who wants to be stuck in a blizzard on Interstate 5 for hours while trying to get across the Oregon-California border to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? Thankfully, we’ve just had some chills without the windy, snowy thrills.
We don’t know what the winter season will bring Ketchikan’s way this year. This week’s slippery road surfaces are a good reminder to be prepared for the season.
Drive cautiously is always good advice, as is having tires (and tire chains) appropriate for the conditions. Listen to your grandparents when they remind you to keep emergency supplies — such as a flashlight, blanket, first aid kit, and flares or triangle reflectors — in your vehicle.
Tis the season to be extra conscientious on the roadways. Let’s all be safe out there.