TXDOT cautions drivers of existing icy road hazards

Courtesy — Texarkana Texas Police Department

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is still cautioning drivers of icy road hazards that are still present despite the passing of the recent winter storm.

TXDOT says that although the warmer weather is starting the thawing process, it will take a little while for the snow and ice on the roadways to completely melt and dry up. As such, new hazards could arise because the melting ice is wet and becoming even more slick. With the temperatures dipping down into the teens each night, it refreezes the slush and creates black ice. The transportation department expects the icy road hazards to last several more days, and therefore encourages drivers to stay at home if at all possible.

The transportation department says that their crews are working around the clock trying to clear higher volume corridors, such as Interstate 20, Interstate 30, and U.S.-59.

There aren’t any roads that are technically closed, but all roads have been impacted.

If motorists have to get on the roadways, TXDOT advises extreme caution, especially near overpasses and bridges. If ever stranded, the transportation department recommends calling 911.

For up to date information on road conditions, visit DriveTexas.org.