TRAFFIC ALERT: Icing that closed I-35 service road caused by sprinklers not clouds, police say 


Icing from Austin’s deep freeze Wednesday morning forced police to close a stretch of the Interstate 35 service road just south of the Ben White Boulevard interchange.

But police said the shutdown was not from freezing rain: A nearby business sprinkler system appears to have provided the water for ice to form on the roadway.

Austin police had announced the closure of the service road for southbound I-35 at Shelby Lane shortly before 7 a.m. 

The closure comes after icing caused dozens of wrecks during the Tuesday evening commute, which left one man dead and snarled traffic across the city. 


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