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Clearing North Texas Roads, By the Numbers

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    What's the difference between the the North Texas Tollway Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation when it comes to keeping the roads clear after a winter storm. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015)

    Many North Texans have been saying it for years – the North Texas Tollway Authority does a better job than the Texas Department of Transportation at keeping the roads clear after a winter storm.

    The difference may be in the numbers.

    The Tollway Authority has 104 people in each 12 hour shift to clear 950 miles of individual lanes – that's one person for every nine miles.

    By contrast, the Dallas and Fort Worth TxDOT Districts combined have 275 people per 12 hour shift covering a total of 19,363 lane miles – one person for every 70 miles.

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    [DFW] North Texas Roads Clearing After Ice Storm
    It's been a slow process in some areas but North Texas roadways are clearing after ice crippled much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015)

    That's a lot of ground to cover, and although TxDOT has 20 times more highway to clear than the NTTA, it only has about three and a half times the number of trucks – 95 for the NTTA, and 325 for TxDOT.

    With more resources per mile, NTTA can treat the entire Tollway system in two hours, while TxDOT needs a full hour to treat just the Dallas High Five.

    Cars Spinning in Arlington

    [DFW] Cars Spinning in Arlington
    Two drivers doing doughnuts in an icy parking lot caught the attention of NBC 5 photojournalist Noah Bullard. We are not endorsing or recommending you do this. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015)

    Another big difference, TxDOT crews have 7,607 bridges and overpasses to keep clear, while NTTA is responsible for just 395 lane miles of elevated structures.

    "We all want the same thing," said the NTTA's Michael Rey. "We want sage roads. We want the best roads we can possibly get."

    Hospitals Prepare for More Winter Weather

    [DFW] Hospitals Prepare for More Winter Weather
    Road crews aren't the only ones preparing for the next round of winter weather, local hospitals must also prepare when the forecast calls for ice or snow. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015)

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