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.