TxDOT Begins Treating Roads Ahead of Winter Storm

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of North Texas from 12 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday

By Kendra Lyn
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:02 PM CDT
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DART and TRE Prepare for Winter Storm

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A winter ice storm and arctic blast arrived in North Texas as scheduled on Thursday and the Texas Department of Transportation isn't taking any chances with roads across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

TxDOT started pre-treating some spots in Denton, Dallas and Collin counties, and it's been "all hands on deck" since noon Thursday when TxDOT workers began 12-hour shifts that will continue until the weather clears.

Road crews have had to watch the weather closely. If they put down anti-icer and temps aren't freezing, rain will just wash the product away.

Crews are monitoring 3,300 bridges in the district and keeping a close eye on the High Five and other bridges along U.S. 75.

150 drivers and 60 support staff will be on duty with trucks stationed around the 7-county coverage area putting down sand or a sand mixture that will help give drivers traction.

"We'll continue to look at the situation, we understand the gravity of it, we know it could get bad," said Ryan LaFontaine with TxDOT. "We're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best."

TxDOT says while people have places to be, they are asking that people stay home if possible.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has activated the Texas National Guard and deployed equipment and other emergency resources to Wichita Falls and Sherman. The Texas Department of Public Safety discourages non-essential travel in affected areas.

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