Tx DOT Officials Ask Drivers to Clear Roads in North Texas

By: Natasha Sweatte Email
By: Natasha Sweatte Email

Tx DOT Officials additional crews are headed to North Texas to clear the roadways.

Officials are asking the public to avoid driving on the roadways in impacted areas, as black ice can easily be overlooked when it's covered by snow.

Although North Texas saw some improvement to area highways, officials said many bridges and roadways still have several inches of ice due to temperatures remaining well below freezing Saturday.

Roadway Updates:
Interstate 35E/35 in Denton County continues to experience issues with solid ice on the roadway. Interstate 35E in northern Dallas County also continues to experience issues. TxDOT crews continue to treat these and many other highways with sand and salt to improve traction.

Interstate 20 in Parker and Palo Pinto Counties continues to experience issues with solid ice on the roadway. Currently, I-20 eastbound is moving slowly after two 18-wheelers jackknifed. Interstate 35W north of U. S. 287 is also experiencing issues. TxDOT crews continue to treat these two highway locations and many others with sand and salt to improve traction.

The TxDOT Dallas and Fort Worth Districts have had nearly 300 pieces of equipment and 600 employees working since before this major ice storm hit North Texas. In addition, TxDOT districts statewide are using more than 2,000 pieces of equipment and more than 3,000 people to respond to the storm statewide. All crews continue to work around the clock throughout the weekend toward making roadways passable in more than two dozen counties until the freezing conditions are over.

Additional TxDOT crews will be in full force Sunday trying to clear North Texas roadways.

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