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Sprinklers prompt slick traffic warning

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It doesn’t take snow to bring black ice to Augusta. Traffic engineers said sprinklers are to blame for patches of ice causing problems around town.

“It’d be nice this time of year to cut the sprinklers off,” Traffic Engineer Dennis Ellis said Wednesday.

He asked residents and businesses to check the timers on their sprinklers system to avoid unnecessary watering, which has already been the cause of several traffic accidents across Richmond County.

“It’s going to get worse as we get into the winter months,” Ellis said.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight Friday through Sunday and will result in ice on the roadway if watering continues, he said.


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