As we move into
winter, DeSoto will likely experience an ice or snow event. Prior to an event when sleet and snow is expected to occur, the Street
Department will apply brine mix on the pavements at major intersections and on
bridges. When sleeting or icing begins, the Street Department will sand the major intersections
first, on the Hampton Road, Cockrell Hill Road, Pleasant Run Road, Polk Street, Wintergreen Road, Parkerville Road and Belt Line Road corridors. Next they will sand the bridges and major roads with
steep grades. For events lasting longer than two days, major roads such
as Cockrell Hill, Hampton and Belt Line may be sanded the entire length (as
resources permit). Belt Line Road is considered a State Highway and the
Texas Department of Transportation will also sand it. I-35E and the
frontage road will be sanded by the Texas Department of Transportation.
It is the policy of the City of DeSoto not to sand residential streets or
alleys unless it is needed to assist with access for an emergency
vehicle. Special requests for sanding are not accepted.
As a resident, there are things that you can do to help.
· If possible, stay
· If you have to
leave home, be alert and drive with caution, remembering snow and ice create
slick road conditions.
· Maintain safe
distances between vehicles, decrease your driving speed and allow additional
time to stop.
· Do not pass sand
spreader trucks or the plow truck. Park vehicles off of roadways if
possible. Be mindful of driving on streets without curbs, you may slide
into side drainage ditches.
· Mailboxes may be
damaged. If they are damaged by City equipment, the City will replace the
mailbox. Otherwise replacement will be the homeowner’s responsibility.
· Ice storms can
cause downed trees and power lines. Trees on private property are the
homeowner’s responsibility. The City will only clear the street
right-of-way. ONCOR will be contacted to address downed power lines.