Winter Weather On The Way; TxDOT Ready - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/07

Winter Weather On The Way; TxDOT Ready

TxDOT officials say when it's snowy and especially icy it's never a good idea to go anywhere. No vehicle, not even four wheel drive vehicles, can drive on ice. But if you must go out, TxDOT says they're ready.

"TxDOT maintenance crews will be out. They are out 24 hours per day when we have inclement weather like this," said Penny Mason with TxDOT.

In fact, crews have already been out, treating the roads before ice and snow hit. They use a substance called Meltdown 20 and it's effective to negative 10 degrees below zero. But despite the preparation,

"There's no way that we can keep the roads totally clear, but we will be out there working on them constantly," Mason added.

TxDOT clears major roads like the loop and Interstate first. Then they work all the way down to farm to market roads.

"So if you don't see the crews on the farm to market roads right away, rest assured they're working on those major roads," said Mason.

But even with all TxDOT does to keep the roads as safe as possible; drivers still have a huge responsibility when they travel in winter weather.

"The first thing that you need to do is slow down," said Mason.

You also need to:

  • Be patient.
  • Fuel up.
  • Make sure your tire, oil and antifreeze are full.
  • And use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses as they freeze first.

But ice and snow aren't the only hazards on the road during winter weather.

"You need to be real cautious when you drive around the dump trucks that have the plows on them," Mason said.

That's right. Even the snow plows and trucks can cause a hazard as they treat the roads and clear the frozen stuff. The bottom line,

"Drivers need to remember that they need to take responsibility and drive to the conditions," Mason said.

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