Road crews prepare for winter weather in East Texas

Texas Department of Transportation:

LUFKIN (KYTX) - Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews are ready to work throughout the night in response to icy weather conditions forecast for East Texas that could affect area roadways.

If inclement weather develops motorists are reminded to reduce speeds considerably below the posted speed limits and to avoid driving completely if conditions warrant.

TxDOT spokeswoman, Kathi White, said maintenance crews have prepared their dump trucks and
equipment to respond to emergency situations as weather conditions change.

As per their daily duties they are already monitoring area roadways but will increase their activity as night falls and the chance for icy conditions increase.

Crews will be monitoring highly exposed areas that are susceptible to wind and ice such as bridges, ramps and overpasses. They will begin spreading rock over those areas at the first site of or notification by law enforcement of ice forming on the facilities.

"If the weather gets so bad that it makes driving hazardous the best and safest thing to do is to stay off them," White said. "If you absolutely must drive, slow down and use extra precaution especially on elevated surfaces."

TxDOT offers these winter driving tips to help minimize potential hazards if you must drive:

• Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses, ramps, turns and shaded areas which tend to freeze first.
• Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Increase the following distance between you and other vehicles.
• Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
• Do not drink and drive.

Get highway conditions information at 1-800-452-9292 and stay tuned to local weather broadcasts.



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