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Thick ice creating headache for Spokane residents

SPOKANE, Wash. - Cold weather has the tendency to bring with it dangerous driving conditions and Spokane's current freezing temperatures are creating an icy build-up, that's up to eight-inches thick, on one local roadway.

Though the scene repeats itself every year and could happen in any neighborhood, the thick ice has formed on Little Spokane Drive and caused ice ruts in the road that are eight-inches deep in some places.

Spokane County officials blame the ice and damage on a nearby spring.

"It's terrible... we need to get rid of the ice and have some sort of control for the rest of winter," said Rebecca Timmins, who lives near the dangerous stretch of road.

There is a sign in place alerting drivers to water, not ice, on the roadway and Timmins believes motorists are driving too fast for conditions.

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The sign along the icy roadway warns only of water, not ice


"See, like he's doing probably 41," said Timmins of a passing car, who is worried a driver may end up in the nearby river.

Spokane County engineers say they are aware of the ice and are in the process of grinding it down and spreading gravel over the ice for traction.

Until the ice melts, it is a reminder for drivers everywhere: ice on the roadway is a sure sign of winter, even if the road signs aren't always completely accurate.

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