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City workers continue battling icy roads in Little Rock

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Some of the main thoroughfares in Little Rock looked pretty clear Tuesday, but there are plenty of side streets covered in ice.

Seeing wheels spinning was a common sight around Little Rock Tuesday, where even one public transit bus slid off the road downtown. One everyday drive even ended up in an apartment.

These were just a few of the sights, and sounds around the capital city as neighbors braved slick streets.

"I think the biggest challenge with this one was the fact that it is ice. Ice is hard to plow unless we can get some type of break in the bond between the pavement and the ice; it's hard to get off the street," said Little Rock Public Works director Mark Jacobi.

Jacobi said since temperatures around Little Rock stayed below freezing again for much of the second-consecutive day, that task has been more difficult than it may seem.

Tuesday public works took the approach of clearing major roads like Rodney Parham, Cantrell and University during the morning, and focused on side streets and neighborhoods in the afternoon.

It's only using nine salt and sand trucks, but Jacobi said they're all getting a significant amount of work done.

"It always seems low when we need it the most. We're considered a Sunbelt snow fighter, so a lot of cities don't have near the equipment that we have. We try to do the best we can with what we got," he added.

Public works also worked to emphasize shaded areas like downtown Little Rock where buildings block many of the streets from sunlight.

More low temperatures Tuesday night enhance the chance for re-freezing, so the battle against the ice is expect to continue into Wednesday.