Free Towing Program Starts, Expands Coverage

Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: Jan. 18, 2018

TxDOT started an expanded towing program just in time for the drive home Wednesday, Jan. 17.  Modeled after the previous towing initiative that ran from Oct. 16 – Jan. 12, four tow trucks will be on standby on I-10 from Viscount to Thorn, encompassing the GO 10 project, a portion of the Border West Expressway project and now the Braided Ramps project during peak rush hours: 6 – 9 a.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.

Mesa street from the downtown exit (east and west) to Doniphan and Mesa are also included in the program towing limits.

Due to construction, the majority of this portion of roadway has no shoulders and few exits, so vehicles blocking a lane pose a safety hazard and create greater congestion. Vehicles will be towed to the nearest safe place, where people can address issues or await help.

Spotters at TxDOT’s TransVista operations center will advise the towing company when they see a stopped vehicle in the roadway. Once the vehicle is removed from I-10, it will be up to drivers to get the help they need and not abandon their vehicles, at risk of having them towed and impounded by another entity.

The initial towing initiative proved successful as more than 300 vehicles were towed, an average of 30 vehicles per week. Motorists are reminded to check their tires and gas level in their cars, as flat tires and no gas were the top two reasons vehicles needed to be towed.

This new towing program will run for six months or $100,000, whichever comes first. Plans to bring back TxDOT’s Heroes program, a longer term, citywide towing program, is in the works and is expected to be in place by the end of the year.


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