City and state crews monitoring road conditions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/09

City and state crews monitoring road conditions

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There's no doubt it felt frigid on Thursday, since the high was just a few degrees below freezing.

All week the snowfall has threatened area roads, but the Texas Department of Transportation made sure crews were place and ready to go. "We've been ready since earlier this week, since we had wintry weather earlier this week. Today (Thursday) the guys are just replenishing the stocks in their trucks getting ready for tonight's snow," said Dianah Ascencio with TxDOT. 

"Of course you get your equipment ready and make sure you have your supplies and we've done that a few months ago just anticipating days like this," said Lubbock Street Utility Superintendent Kevin Lair. 

TxDOT and the city of Lubbock's street department say during weather like this, making sure the roadways are safe is their number one goal. "When conditions warrant our crews will be out there salting roadways, treating the overpasses, and even doing some snow plow operations if they need to," said Ascencio.

"When the snow starts we try to stay ahead of it, putting together magnesium fluoride down on our overpasses and our concrete streets," said Lair.

TxDOT will focus on state funded roadways, like Loop 289 and I-27.  The streets department targets city roadways, starting with intersections and overpasses. "We have about 14 trucks, we will probably have about 8, if we need to add more throughout the night we will certainly do that and try to have our traveling public in the morning safe," said Lair.

But the best advice, if you plan to travel in weather like this is to be aware. "Drive with caution if you do see our crew members, our salting trucks, our snow plows out in the roadways, give them room to work. They are out there for your safety and the more room they have to work the better it is not only for them but also the traveling public," said Ascencio.

"Drive safely, drive slow, drive cautious, if you don't have to get out, don't get out," said Lair.

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