February 22, 2021 - After more than a week of working 12-hour shifts, Lufkin District TxDOT crews have returned to normal hours. All roadways are open for travel. Crews will continue to monitor roadways for any problem areas and maintain them as needed.
Prior to the winter storm and during the weather event, crews placed 143,292 gallons of brine on district roadways in efforts to keep them passable and reduce the amount of snow and ice from freezing on the roadway. In addition, 3,265 pounds of melt down were placed where the build-up was heavier than what brine alone could handle. Also, 570 cubic yards, or about 48 dump trucks, of small rock were placed to help with traction. Another 150 tons of salt were also placed on district roadways.
During the event, several agencies and businesses worked to help TxDOT clear the roads including about 30 contractor personnel and 20 various county and city employees.
“We have come through this weather event and our roads are back to normal and open for travel,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We want to say thank you to everyone who jumped into action to help our crews clear the roadways throughout the district. TxDOT crews worked non-stop throughout this event and we are very grateful for the help of many others who made a difficult job go a little smoother.”
TxDOT would like to thank Drewery Construction, which helped TxDOT crews throughout the district with manpower and equipment; Texas Department of Public Safety, City of Lufkin Street Department, City of Lufkin Water Department, Lufkin Police Department, City of Diboll Water Department, Angelina County Commissioners and workers from Precincts 3 and 4, Sterling Lumber Company, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, City of Crockett, Houston County Commissioners and crews, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Polk County Commissioner’s and crews, City of Livingston, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Onalaska Police Department, San Jacinto County volunteer fire departments, Trinity County Judge Doug Paige, Trinity County Commissioner Steven Truss and crew, and Area Wide Protective, Inc.
Motorists are urged to visit drivetexas.org for road conditions statewide. For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.