Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Was TxDot's De-Icing to Blame for Accidents?"

I guess sometimes you can overprepare for a situation.

SAN ANTONIO - It didn't snow, and it didn't rain. So, why were cars slipping and sliding all over the place Tuesday morning? Many are blaming the liquid that's supposed to keep ice from forming.


TxDOT deployed it's de-icer trucks Monday night. The rain and ice never came, but the liquid sprayed on highways stayed and may have done more than give the roads a shiny ice-like look.

"We've been in a very dry period. We've had accumulation of oils and other debris on the roadways," explained Maggie Rios of TxDOT.

The de-icer may have spread those oils on the road. So TxDOT is reviewing it's de-icing operation to see if something else went wrong with the chemical.

(from WOAI-TV)

The article goes on to say that TxDOT chose not to use gravel in conjunction with the de-icer, but this morning I did notice that there was gravel on the bridge where Bandera Road crosses over Huebner Creek (near Seneca). Did any of you see gravel elsewhere? Did you slip on the de-icer?

Just curious.


AlanDP said...

I noticed a little slippage, but couldn't tell why. I thought maybe something had gotten spilled there by accident. I must have picked it up on one of the overpasses of hwy 90 and not noticed it until I tried to make a sharp turn at the bottom of the exit ramp.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the Express-News hire writers who know when to use "it's" vs. "its"?

Anonymous said...

My daughter flipped her truck four times going over an overpass on 1604 that night. The road was totally dry; she spun out and flipped. Luckily, she came out of it with only a fractured vertebra and has to wear a back brace & neck brace for a couple of months.

Albatross said...

TW, I wonder the same thing at times, but it seems to be the writers for the TV websites that commit the most errors.