Top 10 icy highway trouble spots

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 11:30 AM

DALLAS — Among the 16 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there are nearly 300 Texas Department of Transportation de-icing trucks on standby, and about 600 drivers ready to fill slots.

There is also about a five-day supply of salt, de-icer and sand ready to go.

TxDOT has already pre-treated some roads west of Fort Worth in Erath, Palo Pinto, and Jack counties.

As of Saturday night, no roads had been pre-treated in the Dallas area. A TxDOT representative said they are having to play this carefully because they don't want to apply de-icer and salt on the roads only to have rain wash it off.

The City of Dallas said it would begin its sanding operations with approximately 30 sanding trucks and 70 personnel at noon Sunday.

TxDOT said these are the top five icy weather trouble spots in Dallas County:

  1. High Five (LBJ Freeway at North Central Expressway)
  2. I-20 at I-45
  3. I-35E at LBJ Freeway
  4. rural bridges
  5. rural roads

In Tarrant County, TxDOT says these are the top five trouble spots:

  1. I-35W at I-20
  2. I-30 at I-35W
  3. Highway 360 at I-20
  4. Loop 820 at Highway 183
  5. Loop 820 at I-30

TxDOT recommends that people delay their travels while the storm passes, if possible. A representative said driverd should do this for their own safety — and for the safety of TxDOT workers on the roads.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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