Road crews prepping for winter weather across South Plains

Road crews prepping for winter weather across South Plains

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

You will be seeing road crews across the South Plains preparing for the freezing rain and snow expected to hit the region Friday and Saturday.

Dianah Ascencio, TxDOT's Lubbock Public Information Officer, said crews are working around the clock covering any state roadway with a thin layer of salty brine.

"They'll respond until the roads are clear and the winter weather has passed," Ascencio said. 

City of Lubbock road crews will be out starting at midnight Friday spreading a salt/sand mixture.

"Salt helps keep the ice from freezing to the streets and the sand give you a little bit of traction," said Mike Gilliland with City's Public Works Dept.

He said only the heaviest traveled areas will be treated.

"50th, 34th, Quaker, Slide, all the big thoroughfare roads we'll hit those first obviously," He said. "We're not going to do residential streets. Typically in Lubbock by the time you do the thoroughfares the event is over and residential streets will be in good shape in hours."

Ascencio said just because roads are being treated, do not make the mistake of thinking they will be safe. Look out for ice, especially on bridges, and take your time getting to where you are going.

"Give themselves some extra following distance with the cars in front of them especially if they see our work crews out there," she said. "Give our crews at least 200 feet in order to make sure that they're safe and that our crews are safe."

TxDOT will be providing updates on road conditions throughout the weekend. 

Weather updates can be found in the FOX34 Weather Blog.

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