TxDOT responds to another icy night
TxDOT Responds to Winter Weather Across Northeast Texas
Due to activation of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) emergency weather procedures, personnel are working into the night to clear major roadways of snow and ice in northeastern Texas using snow plows, and distributing anti-icing and de-icing materials on roadways and bridges. TxDOT crews have been on the job since the storm hit Sunday morning, and will continue working in 12-hour shifts until roadways are clear.
Throughout Sunday and Monday, approximately 600 TxDOT personnel and over 350 pieces of equipment worked to clear roadways throughout northeast Texas. These crews, hailing from as far away as Amarillo, have spread over 3,300 cubic yards of chat (a sand-like aggregate material), 150 cubic yards of bottom ash (a byproduct of an Atlanta District power plant), 175,000 pounds of granular magnesium chloride and 3,500 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride to reduce or prevent icing on roadways and bridges.
This evening, the following roadways have been cleared, however icing remains a serious concern as temperatures drop overnight:
TxDOT Dallas District: All major roadways are clear
TxDOT Paris District: I-30, US 75, US 271, SH 19, SH 24 and US 82 are clear. Motorists may encounter ice on SH 24 bridges in Hunt County.
TxDOT Atlanta District: I-30, I-20, US 59, US 271, US 259, US 82, US 67, Loop 151, US 80 and US 79 are clear.
Crews will continue to address residual icy patches these heavily-traveled roadways overnight and Tuesday. In the Paris District, efforts will continue overnight and Tuesday to clear snow and/or ice from roadways and bridges in the northern portion of Hunt County, and on I-30, US 75 and the US 69 viaduct.
While some snow and ice melted as temperatures rose Monday, TxDOT expects many roadways and bridges to freeze over again as temperatures drop overnight. Motorists are encouraged avoid travel unless necessary. If they must go out, motorists should drive according to the conditions, and consult the TxDOT website (http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/winter_driving.htm) for winter weather driving tips.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For information on Texas road conditions, call the Texas Road Condition and Travel Information Line (1-800-452-9292) or visit www.txdot.gov.