TxDOT Childress Crews are Ready for Winter Weather


 February 21, 2018

CHILDRESS – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Childress District’s 13-county maintenance sections are ready to respond to colder temperatures with sleet and snow predicted to impact the southern and eastern South Plains, and all of the Rolling Plains and the far southeast Texas Panhandle later today.

TxDOT maintenance crews have pretreated the roadways with brine water and will work around the clock to monitor and respond to winter weather – salting bridges and overpasses and critical areas as needed to keep roadways in the best conditions possible.

The safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority and crews will respond to snow and ice conditions as quickly as possible. “Freezing rain and freezing temperatures create a challenge for crews,” said Darwin Lankford, Childress District Director of Operations. “Even the smallest amount of frozen precipitation can cause the most hazardous driving conditions.”

 Motorists should avoid traveling in winter conditions, but if they must, they should observe these winter safety tips:

  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  •  Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
  •  Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  •  Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.

If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle.

The Childress District serves the counties of Wheeler, Donley, Collingsworth, Briscoe, Hall, Childress, Hardeman, Motley, Cottle, Foard, Dickens, King and Knox.

 More winter weather safety information can be found at www.txdot.gov – key word: winter driving. Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter, www.twitter.com/TxDOTChildress. Road conditions also will be updated frequently on TxDOT’s road condition web page at www.drivetexas.org.

 Motorists also can call TxDOT’s toll-free highway condition line at 800-452-9292 for roadway information.

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