TxDOT crews prep for snow event - just in case

December 14, 2010 2:31:29 PM PST
When it is this warm outside you may not be thinking about ice on the roads, but the Texas Department of Transportation is. TxDOT was calibrating and converting trucks today, so they are ready to spread magnesium chloride ahead of a winter storm event should we get one. Last year, Houston was blanketed in snow, and the department says being proactive and getting more trucks prepared ahead of time will help save money in case of bad weather.

For those who go to work no matter what Mother Nature decides to do, the advance preparation is appreciated.

"Definitely, it will let me get to work on time if we can get to work decent time, everyone will get their mail," said mail carrier Ken Weinrich.

TxDOT isn't facing layoffs or furloughs, but is using workers from other sectors of the department for road clearing in order to have enough staff on hand. Last year, the Houston district of TxDOT used 100,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, and they say they have enough just in case we get an unexpected winter blast again.


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