Sand, Dirt Still on the Streets

Crews still cleaning up sandy Fort Worth streets


In Fort Worth the windy weather kicked up the sand and dust that still litters the streets. Two weeks after the last round of winter weather and crews are still cleaning up.

The dust isn't as bad as it was a few weeks ago since crews have been out there cleaning the past few weeks and weekends, but when the winds kicked up Monday those out walking were reminded of that sand.

In Sundance Square crews were busy cleaning up on street sweepers and with hoses. And while it might not be as bad as the immediate aftermath of the storms, it was windy.

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The City of Fort Worth has spent the last two weeks focused on cleaning up the sand. About 2.88 tons of sand were dropped on icy roads, anything but an easy task to pick back up.

"We've been staying after it pretty hard," said Stan Phillips, Street Service Superintendent. "But the issue is we have crews out there doing pot hole patching, street repairs and we don't have the luxury to stop and sweep streets. We have other maintenance responsibilities."

If you think the potential for rain this week would solve the problem, think again.

"It might reduce the dust a little bit, but I'll feel better getting it swept up anyway, getting it cleaned up," said Phillips.

Phillips says crews are hoping to be done sweeping up the sand by the end of the week, if not by next week. There are about 300 areas still needing to be swept in the city.

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