Roads expected to remain icy

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Officials say although snow is no longer falling, the roads will continue to have icy patches for the next day or two.

Most of the roads throughout the district, including Dallas, Collin and Denton counties, are fairly clear and dry, said Mark Pettit, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation.

But there is still runoff from the slopes and broken sprinkler systems that are causing areas of the roadways to remain icy, he said.

Don’t be deceived by dry conditions, he said, encouraging people to give themselves extra time to travel.

“Bridges are going to continue, for the next day or so, to be something we have to re-treat,” Pettit said.

For the Dallas district, including Denton County, 268 trucks were sent out, he said. Crews are wrapping up and going into standby mode, he said.

TxDOT will continue to monitor and dispatch crews when needed, Pettit said.

Denton County Transportation Authority buses are running slightly behind schedule today due to the road conditions in Denton, while A-train service has been on time.
“We had crews out pretty much all during the night making sure the switches did not freeze up. That is what would really impact train service,” said Dee Leggett, vice president of communications and planning. “Once the road conditions improve, buses will likely recover and get back on schedule. When the temp drops tonight we’ll still have to be concerned with the switches.”

County Commissioner Andy Eads said crews were working through the night in the west portion of Denton County, sanding bridges and windy, hilly roads, such as Copper Canyon Road, that are highly traveled.

“[Crews] partnered with TxDOT and helped on state highways as well,” Eads said.

He said he was glad crews were prepared with the sanding equipment that was bought two years ago.

County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said some rural roads were closed in North Denton County.

“We went out and closed the roads that are generally hotspots, typically the low water crossing areas and other areas that have a tendency to ice real bad,” he said.

He encouraged people to be careful.

Denton police officers responded to 48 accidents from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday. Of those accidents, 45 were minor and three were major. Officers also responded to 40 calls to assist motorists.

Staff writer Bj Lewis contributed to this report.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com.

 


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