Texas Department of Transportation crews battled out the winter storm over the weekend to make sure roads were safe.
About 164 staff members district-wide were on duty and 64 trucks were ready, according to public information officer Darah Waldrip.
"We were working around the clock all weekend long," Waldrip said.
Waldrip says that even though Abilene didn't get the worst of the winter storm, they had all equipment and personnel prepared. Months before the winter season, TxDOT already prepared a plan and the supplies needed to keep the roadways as safe as possible.
"Over the years, we've improved our communication and the procedures," Waldrip adds.
In the region, a majority of the workers spent at least 12 hours manning the grounds on any given day. The most difficult road conditions to work on were found in Scurry, Mitchell and Howard County. Waldrip adds that portions of the interstate were shut down twice to remove accidents. On Saturday, multiple wrecks caused a major two mile shutdown from mile marker 226 to 228.
Although the storms have passed, TxDOT crews are still working nonstop. They removed slush from roadways before they freeze over and assessed damages seen on guard rails. They continue to watch road conditions overnight and remove built up sleet and ice on structures, according to transportation maintenance supervisor Dwayne Justice.
"We want to be aggressive as possible without being negligent," Justice said.
As a way to clear out roadways from ice, 350 cubic yards of salt and bottom ash mixture stored in sheds were applied. In addition, 3500 gallons of salt water mix used for de-icing covered 1400 lane miles in Taylor County.
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