City of Austin and TxDOT standing by in case roads get bad

City of Austin and TxDOT standing by in case roads get bad

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The Austin skyline looms over the city's Public Works yard Thursday night as trucks wait in the wings to respond in case the weather gets ugly Friday morning.

The city's Carolyn Perez says there are about 2,000 miles of city-owned roads they're responsible for and 450 bridges.

"We have 33 trucks, dump trucks that carry Dolomite which is a type of gravel," Perez said.

Perez says they have 13 trucks gassed up and full of an environmentally friendly de-icer called Dolomite.

"We have approximately 150 staff. At any given time we might have 70 of them out there working and the other remaining ready," Perez said.

Perez says sometimes they'll help TXDOT if they need it.

Speaking of TXDOT, Kelli Reyna says they've already pre-treated some roads in the southern part of the area. And they too are standing by in case the roads get rough.

But she says the key is to drive slower -- they recommend 20 to 30 miles per hour.

"TXDOT can do everything it can to try to treat the roadways as best as possible but at the end of the day it really comes down to the drivers...you have to reduce your speed, you must use extreme caution," she said.

Austin ISD has announced classes are cancelled on Friday.

Over the last couple of weeks some parents have gotten upset over the district's timing to announce the closures.

AISD Chief Eric Mendez says they try to decide as soon as possible.

"We have several hundred school buses on the roadway. We want to make sure they're safe. And so sometimes decisions are difficult and they have to be made and they may not always be agreed with but the overall message is we're doing it for the safety of your child," Mendez said.

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