TxDOT Responds as ‘One DOT’ to Winter Weather Affecting Texas Highways

As much of Texas weathers an arctic cold front, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews have traveled from their hometowns to remove snow and ice in the regions hardest hit by winter precipitation. Operating as ‘One DOT’ allows the department to maximize resources across TxDOT district lines and better manage the risk travelers face when they get on Texas roadways.

In response to poor road conditions, crews from TxDOT’s Amarillo, Brownwood and Atlanta Districts are supporting efforts in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, crews from the Lubbock District are responding to conditions in the Amarillo and Childress Districts, and crews from the Childress and Paris Districts are supporting efforts to clear roadways in the Wichita Falls District. In addition, crews experienced with ice and high wind conditions are helping resident personnel in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

“TxDOT’s first priority is always safety. Icy roadway conditions are certainly frustrating to motorists, but know that TxDOT employees are out in force, working to improve conditions for travel,” said Amadeo Saenz, TxDOT executive director. “Our employees take pride in their efforts to provide a safe transportation system throughout the state, even if that means time away from family and loved ones as they respond to poor conditions in other areas of the state.”

Roadway icing is expected to continue in several parts of the state over the coming days as precipitation melts and refreezes. TxDOT personnel will continue to spread anti-icing and de-icing materials on major highways, bridges and overpasses in 12-hour shifts until conditions improve.

In early January, crews from TxDOT’s Childress and Amarillo Districts helped remove snow and ice from roadways in the Paris and Atlanta Districts, and during the 2009-2010 winter season, crews from TxDOT’s El Paso District supported snow and ice removal operations in the Amarillo area. TxDOT maintenance crews statewide also routinely train to support coastal regions in the event of tropical storms or hurricanes.

When roadway conditions do turn icy, motorists are advised to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. If they must go out, motorists should drive according to the conditions and consult www.txdot.gov for current roadway condition information and winter weather driving tips. Information on Texas roadway conditions is also available by calling the Texas Road Condition and Travel Information Line, 1-800-452-9292.

The Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining nearly 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its approximately 12,000 employees strive to empower local leaders to solve local transportation problems, and to use new financial tools, including tolling and public-private partnerships, to reduce congestion and pave the way for future economic growth while enhancing safety, improving air quality and preserving the value of the state’s transportation assets.

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