City sand trucks provide traction for Super Bowl teams

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 12:08 AM

You may have had trouble getting to work Tuesday if you went in. That's because you probably didn't have your own escort of sand trucks.

But the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers did — all the way from their hotels to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

The ordinary North Texas motorists who ventured out on the streets Tuesday — like Gary Bell — often found themselves almost driving in place.

“Very dangerous, but got to be very careful, that's all," Bell said.

Wouldn't he like to have his own sand truck escort like the NFL championship teams? "That'd be beautiful,” Bell said.

But during Super Bowl week in North Texas, not all drivers and passengers are created equal.

Outside the Steelers' Fort Worth hotel Tuesday morning, city trucks scattered a coating of sand. Then, after the team loaded up on buses and headed east on Interstate 30 through Fort Worth, the sand truck led the way, providing a gritty pathway.

A city spokesman described the sand truck escort as part of the agreement with the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee to get the Steelers around safely.

In Irving, the Packers received the same treatment. Two city sand trucks led the way on State Highway 161 toward Arlington, pulling away while still in Irving.

Both cities say they expect the special treatment to be reimbursed.

“That information is provided to our city and then it is submitted to the Host Committee, who will look into reimbursement for those particular items and manpower that we used toward the Super Bowl,” said Irving police spokesman Officer John Argumaniz.

Though city taxpayer funds are reimbursed with state tax dollars in a state trust fund, the escorts still rub some drivers the wrong way.

"If I could be Steeler for one day, it'd be today,” Bell said.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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