DOTD encourages drivers to stay home during winter weather threat

Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 5:51 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2023 at 10:58 PM CST
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EAST TEXAS (KSLA) - The Department of Transportation and Development is urging people to stay off the roads Tuesday, Jan. 31, due to wintry weather.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the ArkLaTex as freezing rain moves across the U.S.

Departments in Texas and Louisiana are working around the clock to keep roads safe for those who can’t stay home. Extra crews and staff are taking measures to keep bridges and roads open for as long as possible.

Rodney Mallett with the LaDOTD says it’s important for them to not waste resources. As soon as they see ice forming or the weather drops below freezing, they begin salting roads.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the ArkLaTex, as freezing rain moves across the U.S.

“What we have learned over the course of many years of doing this is the timing is very important. We watch the weather and we will have our staff on standby ready to go and we will treat bridges as needed,” said Mallett.

TxDOT says prevention is key during winter threats. They began salting roads yesterday on I-20, US 69, Hwy. 155 and US 287.

If you have to get on the roads, Heather Deaton with TxDOTD says to take extra caution. “We urge you to slow down, buckle up, put more space between your car and the vehicle in front of you and, again, check those road conditions if you have to head out.”

As of 3 p.m., no major roads have been closed.

Road conditions worsen with cold and ice in East Texas.