Contact: Sonja Gross
Phone: (806) 356-3256
Date: Oct. 24, 2019
AMARILLO – As people across the Texas panhandle know, winter weather can be extremely unpredictable. Quickly-changing conditions can present unique challenges and dangers for drivers. Motorists should be prepared for any type of driving condition during winter weather events like the one currently underway.
TxDOT’s Amarillo District has been working since late Wednesday afternoon to treat roadways – patrolling, sanding, and plowing where necessary. Crews will continue to work through the end of this event. TxDOT’s priorities for snow and ice operations are:
Drivers should listen to weather forecasts and check Texas highway conditions at DriveTexas.org before traveling. Always remember that wearing a seat belt is one of the best ways drivers and passengers can protect themselves in all driving conditions.
TxDOT offers the following advice to help drivers navigate road conditions often seen during the winter months.
Plan ahead for winter travel:
Tips for driving in winter conditions:
Tips for driving in fog:
The Amarillo District covers 17 counties with 18 maintenance sections. Each have tested winter weather roadway equipment prior to this event including snow plows, material spreaders, safety lighting and other necessary equipment. With more than 9,000 lane miles of roadway in TxDOT's Amarillo District, snow and ice removal during a winter storm is a major operation utilizing hundreds of employees and large pieces of equipment.
Motorists need to drive responsibly, drive for the conditions, practice safe driving habits and heed travel warnings during winter weather events. Checking road conditions at DriveTexas or calling 800-452-9292 before heading out is encouraged to avoid encountering potentially hazardous conditions. Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTAmarillo.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.