Williamson County studies better ways to clear icy roads

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Even though the cold weather is out of sight for now, Williamson County officials are already looking for better ways to clear icy roads in the future.

Because the county only has four sand trucks, high-traffic roads such as Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Chandler Road weren’t fully deiced, according to county spokeswoman Connie Watson.  Having only four sand trucks makes it difficult to fully address any icing event, so the county is now studying better ways to clear the icy roads in the future, she said.

County officials are looking into purchasing additional sanding equipment, as well as exploring granular and liquid deicing methods that can be used. Watson said each sander costs around $7,000.

While Texas Department of Transportation crews handle major highways, flyovers, and overpasses in Williamson County, the county’s road and bridge department is responsible for deicing the rest. The county is also responsible for clearing roads for emergency officials, which they say is another major concern during icing events.

“We want to make sure we are providing good service for our first responders so that there is good access for our ambulances, for our fire trucks, and our police cars,” said Watson.

The county hopes to ask for funds this budget cycle to buy any additional equipment.

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