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Nampa drivers concerned about slick, icy roads
Jennifer Auh reports on drivers concerned about icy roads in Nampa. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
A few days have passed, since the last snowstorm hit the Treasure Valley, but many residents in Nampa said lot of the roads in town are still slick and dangerous.
According to Idaho State Police, more than 30 crashes have been reported in Canyon County alone in the last week.
Transportation crews said they're doing the best they can to clear up the roads.
However, many drivers in Nampa said it's not enough. "Even the main roads are so caked up, you can't see any of the divider lines,” said Patricia Howe, Nampa Resident, “something should be done about it."
The Nampa Highway District said with a crew of 28 clearing up the main roads, they're doing their best, working 12 hour shifts.
"We have 8 plow trucks and sanders,” said Casey Bequeath, Nampa Highway District Director, “so far we've used about 5,000 yards of sand."
However, some think those resources should be used in more locations. "They're not taking into consideration the side streets that are heavily travelled,” said Ron Bickel, Nampa Resident.
NHD leaders said they maintain 367 miles of roadways with limited resources, and they'll continue to work on clearing the roadways.
"We do not use magnesium chloride, we just use sand,” said Bequeath, “our crews are hard at work, staying on it.”
Bequeath said people should drive slowly, even on roads that seem cleared of snow, because a small amount of ice can cause a car to swerve and get out of control.
Police are also encouraging drivers to call 511 for road conditions, before getting behind the wheel.