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After devastating winter storm last year, TxDOT says it’s ready this year

TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.
TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.(TxDOT)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:40 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The extra low temperatures experienced in the ArkLaTex last winter caught many by surprise, especially those responsible for taking care of the roadways. Now leaders with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) say they’re ready for what Mother Nature may bring this winter.

“We make sure all our equipment is in good order and ready to go,” said Buddy Williams, a district engineer with TxDOT.

When inclement weather hits the area, vehicles belonging to TxDOT’s Atlanta District are used as the first line of defense in keeping motorists safe. The district covers nine northeast Texas counties.

TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.
TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.(TxDOT)

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, TxDOT officials began getting ready for the upcoming winter months by making sure equipment is in top shape.

“We start preparing as soon as winter is over. We start going over an after action plan, what went right, what went wrong, what we can do better the next time,” Williams explained.

TxDOT leaders said there also are things motorists should have in their vehicles to remain safe on the roadways in case of bad weather.

TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.
TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.(TxDOT)

“Some things we like for folks to carry and think about, of course, is water, non-perishable food. We also want them to carry road flares, waterproof and windproof matches, a first aid kit,” said J.J. Singleton, safety officer with TxDOT.

Around 4 million pounds of salt as well as 135,000 gallons of brine are in storage across the Atlanta district to treat roads.

“We know that we had the winter storm last year, and we just want to make sure that everyone is prepared and stay home if they can and also they have the tips to drive safe if they do have to get out on the road,” said Kristy Whisenhunt, of TxDOT.

TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.
TxDOT is preparing for the potential for winter weather this year.(TxDOT)

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