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TxDoT warns of hazardous driving conditions in El Paso and 5 adjacent counties

Hazardous driving conditions continue across the El Paso District which includes Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties.

“The safety of the traveling public is a TxDOT priority, and we respond to snow and ice situations as quickly as possible,” said Bob Bielek, El Paso District Engineer.

“Our maintenance crews work around the clock monitoring and responding to remove snow and ice from roadways. Crews have worked throughout the night plowing snow and de-icing roadways.   We will continue to monitor and treat roadways for the duration of the storm,” Bielek added.

TxDOT strongly urges drivers to reconsider any travel plans until conditions improve.  If they must travel, they should observe these winter safety tips.

  • Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.

Motorists can call TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 or can log on www.drivetexas.org  The New Mexico road conditions number is 1-800-432-4269.

  • Keep well back from snow plows. Don’t crowd the plow. Plow drivers can’t see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snow plow will protect you from possible injury, and protect your car from sanding material used on slick roadways.
  • Never drive through a snow cloud or other whiteout conditions. You can’t be sure if it is caused by crosswinds or a snow plow.
  • Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.
  • Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
  • Be patient. Your trip time–including short commutes to work–could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.

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One comment

  1. We have been stranded on I-10 for hours in 25 degree weather with thousands of other cars! We are freezing to death, no sign of Texdot. No Salt on the road. We are driving from Ca where we visited family over Christmas. There was no warning. Hotels were booked in every town in New Mexico. How can you just leave thousands of people out here to die?

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