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Winter Weather Catches Area by Surprise, Snarls Traffic

Final update from BPD: On Thursday February 6, 2014 the Bryan Police Department responded to approximately 13 traffic-related calls due to the weather conditions.  The first call came in at 7:49am and the last one at 11:00am.  Approximately three of the thirteen calls were reported by a 3rd party advising of a vehicle that slid off the road.  Those vehicles had left the scene prior to police arriving.  In one incident a silver Toyota rolled onto its side near the entrance ramp south of Briarcrest Dr on N. Earl Rudder Frwy causing the entrance ramp to be closed for approximately one hour.  There were no injuries reported in any of the calls.

Final update from CSPD: Between 5:00 am and noon on Thursday February 6, 2014, the College Station Police Department responded to the following traffic-related calls:

  • 39 traffic crashes (major crashes, minor crashes, non-reportable)
  • 35 other traffic-related calls for service (motorist assist, traffic direction, traffic hazard)

Roadway closures were minimal in duration and were limited to Earl Rudder Freeway and Harvey Mitchell Parkway.  Current weather forecasts do not anticipate conditions that could lead to further treacherous road conditions; however, the public is urged to use caution and practice safe-driving habits.

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.:  CSPD Lieutenant Chuck Fleeger says the overpass at Harvey Mitchell and Wellborn has been opened in both directions.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Bobby Colwell with TXDot says there are still  some icy conditions in the southern half of Burleson County. Crews are working ice in Brazos County, mainly in the College Station area. Walker, Grimes and Madison still have some ice on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas, but are starting to dry out.

UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: CSPD Lieutenant Chuck Fleeger says Northbound Earl Rudder Freeway exit onto Texas Avenue has been re-opened for traffic.  The overpass at Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Wellborn is still closed due to icy conditions.  Weather releated traffic incidents are still being worked primarily along Earl Rudder Freeway from Nantucket to University Drive.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: CSPD Lieutenant Chuck Fleeger says roadway closures are still reported at Harvey Mitchell overpass at Wellborn.  Traffic is being diverted from southbound Harvey Mitchell at Holleman.  Officers continue to work weather related traffic incidents along Earl Rudder from William D Fitch to University Drive, University Drive from Harvey Mitchell to Earl Rudder Freeway and all along Wellborn Road.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m.: CSPD Lieutenant Chuck Fleeger says the overpass of Harvey Mitchell Parkway at Wellborn Road is being shut down in both directions.  Northbound Earl Rudder exiting to Texas Avenue is also shut down and all traffic is diverted onto the bypass.  Traffic is backed up on northbound Earl Rudder past William D Fitch.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Bobby Colwell with TXDot provides look at the weather in the Bryan District:

  • Washington County-we have pretreated bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas. No major traffic issues.
  • Brazos County-There are ice conditions on all bridges, overpasses and shaded areas. TxDOT is out working these areas. There are lots of minor accidents on the roadways. If you must travel, proceed with extreme caution.
  • Leon-no ice conditions, in good shape.
  • Burleson- There are ice conditions on all bridges, overpasses and shaded areas. TxDOT is out working these areas. There are lots of minor accidents on the roadways. If you must travel, proceed with extreme caution.
  • Milam- no ice conditions, in good shape.
  • Freestone- no ice conditions, in good shape.
  • Robertson- no ice conditions, in good shape.
  • Walker-is treating isolated spots of ice The only place we have ice now is on FM 980 at Harmon Creek.
  • Madison- we have pretreated bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas. No major traffic issues.
  • Grimes-starting to see some ice conditions in the county. Please slow down on all bridges, overpasses and shaded areas. This helps the material TxDOT puts in these areas work to give motorists traction.

 

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