North Texas To Have Its Own Snow Plows For The First Time

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas was a wonderland last winter, because, frankly, everyone seemed to be wondering about where all the snow and ice was coming from.

During the first week of February 2011, many of the roads and interstates were nearly impossible to navigate.

There was plenty to complain about and the Texas Department of Transportation says it listened carefully. “Hopefully, we learned a little lesson last year,” admitted Mark Pettit of TX-DOT.

To prepare for this winter and for years down the road, TxDOT purchased 29 snow plows for North Texas. The Fort Worth region will get 15 plows, while the Dallas region will be home to 14 plows.

Up until now, there wasn’t a single snow plow stationed in all of North Texas. Every time the region got clobbered by a storm, road crews had to wait for plows to arrive from other parts of the state, such as Lubbock and Amarillo. “It’s a little smarter for us to actually have some plows stationed here, so that we don’t have to wait hours or even a day to get those plows shifted from other districts.”

The city of Dallas took last winter to heart as well. It now has 10,000 cubic yards of sand ready to hit the streets. That’s double the amount the city ordered last year to prepare for winter.

The one thing local motorists will not see more of is salt. While TxDOT and Dallas road crews mix in some salt with their sand, it makes up only a fraction of the mixture.

Both the city and state argue, that although salt works for parts of the northern U.S, it’s bad for the environment and too corrosive for the state’s numerous bridges.

  • Rick McDaniel

    Wow. Intelligence in DFW?

    Never thought I would see the day.

    • jodh

      Salt. The only thing that can melt ice and they refuse to use it. Intelligence? NO

      • 2sister

        When I was in college, my college used salt. The problem was that the salt only melted the ice or snow. Then the ice or snow just refroze and became a hazard again. This was a college where most of the people lived on campus. We would slip and slide on the sidewalks. Also, I believe that I have read that salt is harmful to the roads underneath the ice.

  • natalie

    actually, we do use salt. but this year and last year alike were like nothing i have ever seen in texas and i have lived here for 22 years. we had a foot of snow last year, that didnt stay, and this year ice on the roads for a week if not longer. salt didnt do much to help. ass hat.

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  • snowy

    And we probably will never use these for another 22 years. So everybody get off the “intelligence” debate. Nice to have? Sure. Really NEEDED? Probably not. What we need are ways to deal with the ICE correctly, i.e. sand, salt, etc. Snow plows are just not a necessity here in the DFW area. Occasionally, we get hit like this last years storms. Last time was back around 1978-1979. Decades without much of any winter storm weather following. The same cycle will occur. These trucks will sit around and be loaned out to counties north of us.

  • Alice

    About time, these plows will make at least the highways and main streets much safer for us to travel on. Hurray North Texas. Smart Move

  • 2sister

    If all you do is put something on the road ( i.e. salt) to melt the ice or snow, that might not do any good. The water can just refreeze into ice. I believe there is a substance that’s suppose to melt ice / snow and keep it from refreezing. I believe, however, the substance is very expensive. Also, it would take a lot of salt or other substances to melt what we got last year and the year before.

  • rmsbl4

    Did they go out and buy whole new trucks or plows that attach to already owned trucks?

  • EQ620

    So are there only highways in Dallas and Fort Worth? What about the other areas of North Texas?

    • 2sister

      It says Dallas and Fort Worth regions. That would probably include more than just Dallas and Fort Worth. Also, if they had to loan them to other parts of North Texas, it would be a lot quicker than having to wait to get them from some place like Amarillo.

  • Patricia

    The climate may theoretically be warming somewhere, but not in TX/OK. The last few winters have been bad!

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