Work crews prepare for icy roads

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Crews are working to keep any more drivers from sliding off potentially slippery roadways. Officials say all that slush on the roads could easily turn to ice early Monday morning.

Trucks blasted sand all over slick overpasses Sunday afternoon.

"We're going to get them all at some point," said Larry Krantz, TXDot Spokesperson. "We've got six trucks working in Smith County and there are seven other counties in our district. So, that's a lot of trucks that are out working right now. You find out doing this line of work how many bridges and overpasses there actually are and it's a lot more than people think."

City workers were also out spraying, preparing for what could be an icy Monday morning.

"We're not out of the woods yet," said Krantz. "We've got some low temperatures coming tonight. We'll keep an eye on it and TXDot forces will be on call until temps come back up and roads dry out."

Barriers blocked Old Baskham Road. The city says it's too steep for crews to sand. Many drivers had to find a different route.

"I was just ready to do a U-turn right after this. I didn't know what was going on. I figured the road might have been iced over when I was coming this way," said Greg Parker.

Others chose to walk instead. "I wasn't planning on walking to Wal Mart. I was just walking down this path and I was like you know what I'm going to go to wal mart," said Nielson.

But during our interview, some drivers pushed the barriers aside and took a chance.

"I don't think they should be moving it just because obviously there's a reason they put it there and I would trust the people that put them there over my own judgement," said Nielson.

By Sunday afternoon, the Salvation Army Lodge was at half capacity. They're predicting a packed house by midnight. Just like TXCot crews are predicting packed roads by Monday morning.

"We'll probably have people driving all night just making sure we're covered," said Krantz.

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