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TxDOT convoys heads south to battle winter weather

TxDOT trucks roll out of Tyler Monday morning TxDOT trucks roll out of Tyler Monday morning
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Help is on the way. With winter weather blowing into Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation has decided to send manpower and equipment where it’s needed most. They are headed south where forecasters are saying winter will be the worst. We were there as TxDOT initiated a pre-emptive strike.

A dozen TxDOT vehicles from the East Texas area are on their way south where temperatures are usually warmer, but over the next few days, weather will be worse in Houston than it is here.

“Dump trucks with the V-box inserts, that’s the spreader box so they can sand highways. We’re also sending down a mechanic truck to make sure everything stays in working order. We try to travel as a self-contained unit so we try to bring that we’re going to need with us, and that way when we get there we don’t require additional logistical support. They can just point us in the direction they want us to go,” stated Larry Krantz with TxDOT.

TxDOT even brought in some contract labor to make sure their resources don’t get spread too thin.

“This only marks a small percentage of manpower and equipment that’s available to the Tyler district so if everybody cut a little piece out and sends it to Houston then the southern part of the state can be tremendously augmented to deal with their storm and we have enough reserve left over to handle whatever comes our way,” Krantz said.

And that’s what has happened. Every TxDOT district has been asked to pitch in but not just with manpower.

“There’s other kinds of logistical support; paperwork, accounting that can be done in different areas to take that burden off the Houston District so they focus on taking care of whatever weather situation that happens to come their way,” Krantz added.

After a logistical meeting the crew embarked, prepared to stay as long as it takes to get the job done.

TxDOT is sending around twenty employees to help keep Houston-area roads safe. The last time they sent out help was to Dallas back in December, but this time they were able to leave before roads and bridges started icing up.

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