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TxDOT prepares for winter weather

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TxDOT says they are prepared to handle ice on the roads if it does make its way into East Texas. 

They say the wintry mix we saw 10 days ago was a good test run for any upcoming winter weather.

Officials say their main concerns are bridges and overpasses. Larry Krantz with TxDOT says the ground is actually really warm thanks to the last few days of nice weather, which will make it harder for ice and snow to build up on our roads. 

TxDOT says you need to pay extra attention on bridges and overpasses since they can freeze even if temperatures are not freezing. They say it will take at least 48 hours of consistently cold temperatures for roads to get icy. 

Krantz says the work his crews do is dangerous so when the weather is bad safety is an even bigger concern. he says there are ways you can help TxDOT workers and yourself stay safe.

"Increase the distance between you and vehicles around you, not just vehicles in front of you, try and stay out  of people's blind spots and give yourself some cushion, if somebody does spin out and start to lose control, you'll go with them even if you're doing everything right."

Krantz says TxDOT is not going to pre-treat the roads for ice but they do have crews on standby to help keep our roads safe. 

To see TxDOT road closures and road condition updates click here or call 800-452-9292

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