TxDOT continues to monitor roadways - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/10

TxDOT continues to monitor roadways

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 is out monitoring road conditions and currently what could turn into a real concern for drivers is any water and slush that remains on the roadways. It is expected to freeze on Thursday night, which could cause a lot of dangers for motorists.

All day today, it seems like we've seen it all from rain to freezing rain and then snow, all types of precipitation that is keeping the Texas Department of Transportation working around the clock, with as many as 12 crews out at one time.

Thursday night they say their main focus is to stay ahead of the freezing temperatures as they monitor roads overnight and tomorrow morning, because they know the potential of accidents.

Lubbock Police tell us on Thursday there have been more than 80 accidents in the city, but the good news is no serious injuries were reported.

"We know once these freezing temperatures drop then the potential of accidents are there so we are going to try to beat this thing by getting some chemicals down, hoping that we can just kind of beat the storm and then we can just work closely with LPD, and the city officials as far as keeping it in good shape tonight," said TxDOT Maintenance Supervisor Shi Dotson. 

TxDOT wants to warn drivers to watch out for iced over roadways, take your time when driving, and if you don't have to go out don't.

"The pavement may look like it's dry and you'll see the black pavement with not a lot of ice on it, but that black ice is really scary and it's there. If you see our trucks out there is traffic will just back off a little bit because we are applying product just back off a little bit while we are doing our job," said Dotson.

The storm really hit Amarillo hard on Thursday. TxDOT closed Interstate 40 from the Texas Oklahoma border to the New Mexico state line. More than a foot of snow accumulated in the northern panhandle.

If you do have venture out, it is important to make sure that you completely clean off all of your windows of snow and ice to make sure your visibility is not impaired.

(Click here) for numbers and a link you can use to check out road conditions for the entire state and the surrounding area.

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