DALLAS/FORT WORTH (March 5, 2015) – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews will work throughout the day blading the accumulated ice and snow off highways and treating bridges and overpasses. Crews will be removing as much of the 3-5 inches of snowfall as possible before temperatures fall this evening with the potential for refreezing. TxDOT will continue winter weather operations as long as conditions warrant.
The Dallas/Fort Worth districts have a combined 20,000 lane miles of highway. Both districts will field a total of 577 pieces of equipment with 325 employees working around the clock to treat area highways.
If you must travel, drivers are urged to follow these precautions:
- Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
- Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
- If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle.
TxDOT crews will monitor the highways until the snow and freezing conditions are over. Motorists can obtain travel information by visiting drivetexas.org or calling 1-800-452-9292. Road conditions and traffic updates are available on Facebook at facebook.com/txdot and Twitter at twitter.com/txdot.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at txdot.gov.
Road conditions and traffic updates are available on the drivetexas.org website, on Facebook at facebook.com/txdot and Twitter at twitter.com/txdot or twitter.com/txdotdallaspio. Motorists also can call TxDOT's toll-free highway condition line at 1-800-452-9292 for roadway information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-800-525-5555.