City of Lubbock and TxDOT Prepare for Icy Roadways
Winter weather had many watching Hub City roadways for ice throughout the day on Monday. When fog and a wintery mix settled into the Lubbock area, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and city crews prepared for icy conditions.
"The Lubbock District does not put the magnesium chloride on every lane mile on the roadway. We mainly focus on the bridges and overpasses those are the first structures to freeze up," TXDOT Spokesperson Dianah Ascencio said.
Ascencio says crews started spot treated areas around 10 a.m. Monday morning. Those areas include bridges and over passes along Loop 289, I-27, and the Marsha Sharp flyover. Ascencio says that is because the automated de-icing system on the flyover is still down, but they are making progress to solve the problem.
"Difficulties with the chemicals we are using in the system, the magnesium chloride. So what's we're doing right now is evaluating that chemical," Ascencio said.
Meanwhile the City of Lubbock says crews started to treat bridges and monitor roads around 9 a.m. Monday morning. Still the Department of Public Safety says weather is to blame for a three-car accident around 11 a.m. Monday at FM 2641 and I-27. "As the trooper was parked on the shoulder of the roadway working this wreck another woman that driving a Ford van lost control and comes down the overpass," Corporal John Gonzalez said. He added, "She came down backwards and hits and collides into the patrol unit."
Gonzalez says no one was seriously hurt, but warns in icy conditions its best to slow down. "If you do lose control of your vehicle don't break it's the worst thing you can do, you can hydroplane your vehicle even more, steer it in direction of the skid to try to regain control of the vehicle." Gonzalez said.
Both the city and TxDOT tells NewsChannel11 crews will continue to monitor road conditions throughout the night and into the morning.