TxDOT prepares for possible winter storm

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 7:46pm

As the temperatures drop and we are all bracing for that possible cold winter snow storm on Thursday, rest assured you and I are not the only ones preparing.

News Channel Nine spent some time with the Texas Department of Transportation to find out what they're doing.

Hector Granados, the maintenance supervisor for the west side TxDOT operations center says he is as ready as he'll ever be.
we visited him as the trucks were loading up this morning.

"Tonight I'll have a crew patrolling the area, cleaning the bridges in case they freeze. Our materials, our trucks are ready so when it does come down, we're ready," said Granados.

Crews will switch off working ten hour shifts.

Jaime Soto is a maintenance tech at TxDOT for seven years now. He says they've had to learn to prepare the hard way, especially when El Paso's weather can be unpredictable.

"Pretty much our priority is to keep the roadways clean and safe. Under certain circumstances where the weather's coming down and we're not prepared and we're out there doing everything when the snow's coming down. So pretty much we're beating them to the punch," said Soto.

TxDOT has already prepared trucks filled with a liquid chemical called magnesium chloride that melts ice on roadways. The crews also spreads a combination of sand, rock and a chemical called Meltdown 20 to de-ice the roadways. TXDOT wants to remind the public to be extra cautious on the roads.

"Drive safe and be aware of the conditions always. If we're out there stay behind us. We'll keep the path clear and clean. It makes me feel good, you know I mean its just a job, I enjoy doing this to keep the traveling public safe," said Soto.

You can visit txdot's website www.txdot.gov for updated road conditions.

 

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