Long Days Ahead For Crews Working To Keep Roads Safe In Icy Weather – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Tollway Authority as well as the Texas Department of Transportation have night shift workers tonight treating the streets of wet winter weather, possibly many days before.
They say they are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the rest of the week.
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Both have spent the past few days distributing pre-treatment on roads in north Texas that are lowering their freezing point.
“We have around 180 pieces of equipment and all kinds of configurations. We use them all. When we have this scenario, everything is on deck 24/7, ”said Val Lopez, information officer for Fort Worth TxDOT. “We’re trying to prevent ice from getting stuck on the road.”
But of course areas affect our bridges and overpasses. These are places where rainfall is likely to land and where the roads are not insulated by the warmth of the ground.
“From here on, we will mainly focus on these raised surfaces to make sure they stay as ice-free as possible,” said Lopez.
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They say they are treating us, that they are going and prepared for the worst … especially since this event is likely to last for several days.
“If this goes on for as long as they say and if it goes on as they say we may need to use plows,” said Michael Rey, media relations manager for the North Texas Tollway Authority. “We’re ready for anything … we’re literally practicing this year.”
They say if possible it might be best to stay off the roads for the next few days to avoid slippery spots.
But if you need to get out of the house, they offer some tips.
“You have to go slower, you have to give yourself a lot more time to get to your destination,” said Lopez.
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“Personally, I think Texas riders get a bad rap, we don’t get a lot of practice in the ice. You know this is not North Dakota so just realize that. As in any situation, you really need to adjust your speed accordingly, ”Rey said.