Storms Test Cone Zones For Flooding

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The storms that moved through the Dallas area Thursday tested preparations to keep highway construction zones from flooding.

But there was one issue — at its height, crews shut down the on-ramp from the Royal Lane access road to Interstate 35-E in northwest Dallas, for safety’s sake.

“We had a flooding issue right here due to the drain being clogged up with debris up against our silt fence,” said highway crew supervisor Michael Nail.

The angles were deceptive. The drain appeared to be uphill of the problem, but a closer look showed it well designed to function where it was. As was the plan to keep it open during today’s storms. “We’ve been keeping an eye on it all morning making sure we don’t have any draining issues and keep the public safe,” Nail told CBS 11 News.

Flooding in construction areas became an issue with sudden rainstorms last spring. While water can be an issue in any TX-DOT project, earlier forecasts of heavy for rain Thursday prompted renewed preparation, explained TX DOT’s Ryan LaFontaine. “There might be some new spots in a construction zone, there might be a new on-ramp, a temporary ramp that we just opened or something that we might open that might collect a little water.”

But the water wasn’t an issue for long. After removing debris from the silt fence and rolling up some sod, crews reopened the on-ramp without any incidents.

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