City of Carrollton Prepares for Potential Winter Weather
The City of Carrollton Public Works Department is preparing for upcoming potential winter weather by actively spreading pre-treatment at bridges and overpasses today. The pre-treatment application is intended to keep ice from forming. If cold conditions and precipitation persist over a longer duration and ice begins to form, crews will respond by implementing a sanding operation plan for the higher traffic areas, as well as bridges and overpasses. Remember to keep at least 200 feet behind the sanding and de-icing trucks as they are applying materials to the roads. They may adjust their speeds as necessary, and your cooperation will protect your vehicle and avoid mishaps.
When temperatures are near freezing, businesses and residents need to pay close attention to their irrigation systems. In the winter, the City receives numerous requests to sand roadways and sidewalks that are frozen and slippery due to irrigation overspray. This creates a safety hazard for pedestrians and drivers, and you can be held accountable if your system caused the problem. The City’s Water Quality Team issues warnings and/or notices of violation, as well as citations to property owners who allow their irrigation systems to run during a freeze event. This is a critical step in protecting our community members and minimizing City expenditures for ice control. To report a running sprinkler system during temperatures 32 degrees or below, call 972-466-3135.
One way to be sure that your irrigation system is not contributing to the icy conditions is to install a rain and freeze sensor. Not only will these sensors save you money by automatically turning off your system during rain and freeze events, they will also help eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as icy sidewalks and roadways. Residents and businesses of Carrollton can take advantage of the City’s free rain and freeze sensor program. Another simple alternative is to turn your irrigation system off until temperatures rise again. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/sprinklersensor.