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NOTE: Accurate and timely information about road and reporting conditions can be viewed via the official Ellsworth Facebook page or by calling (605) 385-ROAD.

Road Conditions   GREEN
The following information has been taken directly from the Ellsworth Supplement to Air Force Instruction 31-204, "Air Force Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision", dated Feb. 26, 2008 incorporating Change 1 dated March 10, 2009.

Road Conditions. (Paragraph A3.8.2.) The speed limit may be adjusted installation-wide at the discretion of the installation commander or delegated authority in response to, but not limited to, deteriorating road conditions due to severe weather. Road conditions are classified as green, yellow, and red. Their respective speed limits and additional restrictions can be seen to the right.
  Normal installation speed limits and traffic rules are in effect.
  YELLOW
  The maximum speed limit for all motor vehicles is 10 mph below the posted speed limit. The speed limit for parking areas is 5 mph. The vehicle will be operated in such a manner that ensures complete control of the vehicle at all times. Vehicle operators are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from snow removal equipment, with the understanding that the snow removal equipment operator may be operating at an increased rate of speed and with visibility limitations.
  RED
  The maximum speed limit for all motor vehicles is 10 mph on general roadways, and 5 mph in military family housing areas and parking areas. Travel is restricted to essential travel only (i.e. military personnel who have not been instructed to remain away from duty, family members traveling to and from their place of employment, etc.). Persons found to be in violation of this traffic instruction (i.e. recreational driving, non-emergency visitation, etc.) are subject to being cited in accordance with this traffic code, and to points being assessed on their driving record accordingly. Travel during Road Condition Red is at the vehicle operator's own risk. During Road Condition Red, the vehicle operator assumes all liability for vehicle damage should the vehicle become immovable due to weather or road conditions, such as damage from passing snow removal equipment, damage from exposure to severe weather, or any other damage which may occur.

Permissible Heat Esposures | Guidelines for Average Acclimatized Airmen Wearing ABUs
Heat Category &
Flag Color
Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer Easy Work Moderate Work Hard Work
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
1 78.1 - 81.9 No Limit 0.5 No Limit 0.75 40/20 min 0.75
2 82 - 84.9 No Limit 0.5 50/10 min 0.75 30/30 min 1.0
3 85 - 87.9 No Limit 0.75 40/20 min 0.75 30/30 min 1.0
4 88 - 89.9 No Limit 0.75 30/30 min 0.75 20/40 min 1.0
5 > 90 50/10 min 1.0 20/40 min 1.0 10/50 min 1.0

Permissible Heat Esposures | Guidelines for Average Unacclimatized Airmen Wearing ABUs
Heat Category &
Flag Color
Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer Easy Work Moderate Work Hard Work
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
Work Rest Cycle Quarts of Water
an Hour
1 78.1 - 81.9 No Limit 0.75 50/10 min 0.75 30/30 min 0.75
2 82 - 84.9 No Limit 0.75 40/20 min 0.75 30/30 min 1.0
3 85 - 87.9 No Limit 0.75 30/30 min 0.75 20/40 min 1.0
4 88 - 89.9 50/10 min 0.75 20/40 min 0.75 10/50 min 1.0
5 > 90 40/20 min 1.0 10/50 min 1.0 Not Allowed N/A


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