Houston – The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Houston District maintenance crews will conduct their annual preparation for this winter weather season, which includes the potential for ice, snow and storms.
On Wednesday, December 7, Houston District maintenance staff will be inspecting, calibrating and prepping state equipment to assure readiness in the event of a local winter storm. As conditions conducive to freezing temperatures continue to build, TxDOT maintenance officials around the state are taking proactive steps to be ready in the event of localized bad weather conditions. Safety is TxDOT’s top priority and our primary objective is to provide motorists with safe travel on the roadways we maintain. In January and February 2011, Houston District crews applied approximately 40,000 gallons of magnesium chloride on bridges and overpasses throughout the district in response to winter weather storms and freezing conditions. This week’s arrival of the first major cold front of the season is a good reminder on the importance of being prepared.
“There is no substitute for being well prepared for winter weather that may involve ice and snow,” said Quincy Allen, Houston District Director of Maintenance. “We are working to ensure our crews and equipment are always ready to be deployed and rest assure, if a winter storm comes our way we stand ready to respond.”