Crews Prepare Roads for Possible Winter Weather | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Crews Prepare Roads for Possible Winter Weather



    Sleet and freezing rain are possible in North Texas this week. Crews are out preparing the roadways to keep drivers safe. (Published Monday, Dec. 29, 2014)

    The Texas Department of Transportation Fort Worth District is prepared should winter weather strike North Texas on New Year’s Eve.

    At this point, counties to the west of Fort Worth have a higher likelihood of winter precipitation Wednesday evening into Thursday morning than the DFW Metroplex itself.

    TxDOT spokesman Michael Peters says crews have already been placed on standby and TxDOT vehicles are ready should slick roadways become an issue.

    “We have over 37,000 tons of material ready, we have over 140 trucks, 167 drivers on standby,” Peters said.

    Peters says it’s too early to determine if crews will need to pre-treat roadways, bridges or overpasses in certain areas.

    “That’s a call we will make over the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

    If ice is reported, TxDOT crews will operate until roadways are clear.

    “Well before the winter season we are preparing our trucks, getting equipment ready,” Peters said, “We have stock piles ready for any potential weather, so TxDOT is always on call for any winter weather-related emergencies.”

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