Roads much improved, some refreezing could happen overnight

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It's a very slow drive in Friday morning, since the elevated portions of Memorial Parkway are still closed.

It’s a very slow drive in Friday morning as drivers detour to avoid closures

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many roads are improved this afternoon – the temperature was above freezing, helping to melt away remaining ice.  The sun was also out and that’s a beautiful thing!

You may still come across some icy patches, so please be mindful — and ice is definitely still on roads with shaded areas

What’s the latest for Friday? Here’s the situation as of 9pm:

  • Madison Police closed the area of Rodman Drive and Collinton Place off of Eastview Drive because of icy conditions
  • Elevated portions of Memorial Parkway are open.
  • Elevated portions of I-565 are open, other parts of I-565 slick
  • Elevated portions of Research Park Blvd. are open
  • I-565 at mile marker 10 (Intergraph Way overpass and Zierdt Rd overpass) is extremely icy. Use caution or avoid this area if possible.
  • Cecil Asburn Drive is open
  • Highway 231/431 in Hazel Green – one lane is open in both directions, but is icy
  • Highway 72 over Chapman Mountain is open and in good condition
  • ALDOT says roadways in north Alabama are mostly clear of ice. Travel is close to normal, but melting ice on shoulders may refreeze overnight, so be cautious

An overturned semi truck backed up traffic on Sparkman Drive & Memorial Parkway

A truck pulls this car out of the ditch Friday morning on Sanderfer Road in Athens. (Photo: Floyd Johnson, Athens Police Chief)

A truck pulls this car out of the ditch Friday morning on Sanderfer Road in Athens. (Photo: Floyd Johnson, Athens Police Chief)

Athens Police urge people not to drive until temperatures rise and the ice on roads starts to melt.  Public works has sanded some areas, however, bridges remain very slick.  Main roads still have spots of black ice.  Secondary roads remain slick.

“You may have a stretch that is dry and the road is fine, and then you hit black ice or a slushy slick area and by that point, you’re going too fast,” Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said. “Slow down and watch for slick spots.”

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