Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:55am
EL PASO – The City of El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDoT) is ready to activate its de-icing plan for roadways.
Sand and salt spreaders, as well as, snow plows are ready for deployment. To keep the roadways safe for the traveling public, EPDoT is monitoring roads and bridges for ice and have put de-icing crews on stand-by in response to a cold-front blast that has swept into the region.
If activated, de-icing crews will treat main roadways, bridges and overpasses. Priority will be given to routes to hospitals, fire houses and police stations, as well as, assisting state transportation officials with clearing the highway system.
EPDoT recommends that drivers use extreme caution and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.The public is reminded that bridges and overpasses are typically the first to freeze. If conditions become icy, motorists are urged to stay off the roadways, if at all possible. Reduced traffic will allow emergency vehicles to move freely during the storm and help to ensure that roads are plowed and treated appropriately.