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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 22:53
EL PASO — As the temperatures drop and the Borderland braces for a winter snow storm on Thursday, keeping the roads clear is a top priority for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews.
Hector Granados, the maintenance supervisor for the west side TxDOT Operations Center said Wednesday that he was as ready for the storm.
"Tonight I'll have a crew patrolling the area, cleaning the bridges in case they freeze. Our materials, our trucks are ready so when it does come down, we're ready," said Granados.
Crews plan to switch off working ten hour shifts once the storm arrives.
Jaime Soto has worked as a maintenance technician at TxDOT for seven years. He said they have learned some tough lessons in the past in preparing for bad weather, especially because El Paso's weather can be unpredictable.
"Pretty much our priority is to keep the roadways clean and safe. Under certain circumstances where the weather's coming down and we're not prepared and we're out there doing everything when the snow's coming down. So pretty much we're beating them to the punch," said Soto.
On Wednesday, TxDOT prepared trucks filled with magnesium chloride, a liquid chemical which melts ice on roadways. The crews were also preparing to spread a combination of sand, rock and a chemical called "Meltdown 20" to de-ice the roadways. TxDOT also reminded the public to be extra cautious on the roads.
"Drive safe and be aware of the conditions always. If we're out there stay behind us. We'll keep the path clear and clean. It makes me feel good, you know I mean it's just a job; I enjoy doing this to keep the traveling public safe," said Soto.
Visit TxDOT's website www.txdot.gov for updated road conditions.