City, county crews continue clearing icy roads Monday

Published 12:54 pm Monday, January 22, 2024

Oxford and Lafayette County road crews continued their work on clearing city and county roads Monday. Thanks to the temperature rising above 40 degrees, their work was slightly easier today, according to Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill.

“The rising temps will be so helpful,” she said in a statement on Facebook Monday.

Tannehill said crews have been running into some issues clearing streets due to cars being parked on the roads. “We have arrived at several roads this morning ready to grade them, but we were unable to do this due to cars in the road,” she said.

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She asked for the community’s patience as the road crews are working as fast as they can to clear the roads. “We are moving as fast as we can, but it takes significant time to grade a road and then go back and move the piles from in front of all driveways,” she said.

In addition, crews are clearing storm drains so that melting ice and the 2-5 inches of rain predicted in the next few days doesn’t cause flooding.

In Oxford, crews on Monday are focusing on the following areas:

  • Crew 1: University to Hey 6, Garden Terrace, Salem Road, Royal Oaks and Lakeway Gardens
  • Crew 2: Shackleford, Burney Branch, South 19th, Wolfe, Garfield and South 16th
  • Crew 3: Rolling Woods, Brittany Woods, Oxford Commons, White Oak Lane, Hurricane Lane, Post Oaks and Pleasant Drive
  • Crew 4: McLarty, Ridgewood Manor, Combs, McLaurin and Chandler

In Lafayette County, road crews were also out clearing county-maintained roads Monday morning, according to the Lafayette County Emergency Management. The county has contacted the Mississippi Department of Transportation with concerns about local highways 310, 315, 331 and 334, which are all maintained by MDOT.

“They have advised us that they are sending a crew out this morning to inspect it,” stated the Lafayette County EMA in a release.