Drivers advised to stay off roadways as weather conditions cause ongoing safety concerns
AUSTIN - As the Texas Department of Transportation mobilizes additional team members from across the state in North Texas to assist crews in clearing the roadways, the agency is asking drivers to stay off all roads in impacted areas. While drivers may think roadways are fine, black ice covered by snow is a hazard and can cause deadly crashes.
Although North Texas saw some improvement to area highways, many bridges and roadways still have several inches of ice due to temperatures remaining well below freezing today. On Sunday, additional TxDOT crews will be in full force trying to clear North Texas roadways.
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.
For more information or live interviews Sunday morning, contact TxDOT Dallas Public Information Officer Tony Hartzel at Tony.Hartzel@txdot.gov or 214-320-4481; or TxDOT Fort Worth Public Information Officer Michael Peters at
Michael.Peters@txdot.gov or 817-370-6846.