TxDOT preps for icy roads - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TxDOT preps for icy roads

As the Hub City braces for a dose of freezing rain, the Texas Department of Transportation is preparing to clear the roads.

Dianah Ascencio, the Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation in Lubbock said the agency when the moisture rolls in they will start pre-treating highways, high traffic interchanges and ramps with liquid magnesium chloride. That will prevent ice from building up.

For the past two days, Ascencio says they have been checking their inventory and getting the trucks ready to go.

"We have two liquid mag trucks that we take out on the roadways and we have a total of ten six yard trucks," TXTDOT maintenance worker Manuel Delacruz said.

Delacruz says they have a long checklist. He checks everything from tire pressure to fluid levels.

"Our hazards lights are on already, so we know they work. Our salt spreader is also going off and on so we know during weather conditions the public can see us," Delacruz said.

When ice does cover the roads, TXTDOT has stockpiles of magnesium chloride pellets mixed with sand to help remove thick layers of sleet or freezing rain.

"We will have a crew come in at midnight or when the bad weather hits. Then 12 hours later we will have another crew come in," Ascencio said.

If it does start to snow they can get a snowplow ready in 15 minutes.

Once the storm recedes they also plan to clean all the material they put down.

Ascencio says they do budget for bad weather conditions. If they have money left over at the end of the year they will put that back into fixing local interstates and farm to market roadways.

No Lubbock schools were expecting delays as of Thursday night.

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