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Road conditions improving in some spots

LAWTON-- Better road conditions should greet travelers this morning.  Travel however is still discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Major highways received much of the attention from road crews.  Many spots on the main highways are mostly cleared but patches of sleet and ice are still abundant.  Main city streets are very slick in most spots but are getting better.  Side streets and neighborhood roads are by far the worse.  They are extremely slick and hazardous. 

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the city of Lawton have their street crews out in full force.  Both say they will have crews out on the highways non-stop until the sun makes an appearance. 

Inside Lawton city limits, they plan to put down at least 2,000 tons of the salt and sand mixture and this time they've added something more.   It's called "ice chat".  The ice chat is small rocks mixed with some salt.  It is designed to melt the ice a bit and then act as a gravel mat to drive on.  Streets Supervisor David Tracey says it's a better mixture since we are dealing with ice and continuous freezing.

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