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MDOT crews continue battling winter weather

CAPTION: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews continue treating roads and assisting stranded motorists along Interstate 55 and Interstate 20 in Jackson on February 18.

During unprecedented winter weather conditions throughout the week, MDOT crews statewide have been plowing snow and sleet from interstates and highways. Overnight, trees blocked several highways in central Mississippi before MDOT first responders cleared roadways. This extreme winter weather has spread MDOT’s work force to every region of the state and had crews working 12-hour shifts to keep roads passable for emergency travel.

Approximately 100 MDOT Enforcement Officers are providing around the clock assistance with blue-light escorts to keep maintenance crews safe as they work to keep roads and bridges passable. The assistance provided by these officers during this weather event and other emergencies enhances the safety of the MDOT crews and Mississippi motorists.

MDOT crews will continue monitoring road and weather conditions and placing salt and slag along problem areas. With temperatures lowering again tonight, more freezing is expected, making travel challenging. Motorists are strongly urged to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

For more information and tips on how to prepare for winter weather conditions, visit real-time road conditions on Mississippi’s highways and bridges, visit and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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