Traffic Jam Caused by Adverse Winter Weather Conditions

For the past week, the U.S. has been watching in shock as Texas deals with the aftermath of one of the worst winter storms – officially named Winter Storm Uri – the state has seen in decades. From the 100+ car pileup that spanned a half-mile stretch of highway to the failed power grid and bursting water pipes that forced millions stranded with no access to electricity, heat, water, food, or a home, the state has a long road to recovery. 

Throughout this crisis, one thing has become abundantly clear: first responders, traffic control companies, the state department of transportation, electricity companies, emergency agencies, and other state officials are critical components to planning, responding, and implementing when winter weather hits. 

As shown by the major pile-up most likely caused by ice, adverse winter weather conditions can present major traffic challenges and safety hazards for everyone traveling on the road, learn how weather-responsive traffic management companies can alleviate those challenges. 

5 Ways Traffic Control Companies Can Help During Adverse Weather Conditions

Winter weather can present an array of hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds, traffic delays, roadway/highway shutdowns, and of course, collisions. That’s why it’s critical for traffic management companies to be prepared to respond when adverse weather conditions present themselves.

Here are five ways traffic control companies can assist when winter weather strikes. Rely on traffic management experts to:  

  1. Create a series of ready-to-implement transportation strategies that can be deployed to address a wide range of adverse weather conditions that may affect traffic safety and flow based on past weather challenges and assumptions of upcoming weather advisories. 
  2. Establish a strategy that will improve or maintain safety by implementing traffic signal control systems, lane use signals, dynamic message signs, and other technologies to increase visibility for roadway users and clear roadways for response crews, emergency response vehicles, and maintenance vehicles. 
  3. Restore traffic flow when accidents occur, emergency response vehicles need access, or utility linemen need to conduct work on a highway or roadway. This is achieved by implementing an operational strategy that deploys measures such as speed limit modifications, dynamic signage, road/lane closures, and traffic coordination. 
  4. Coordinate and worth with other weather-responsive emergency companies including electrical companies, first responders, policemen, and state transportation departments and agencies. 
  5. Assess transportation safety and mobility throughout the duration of the weather event and after to determine when normal use of roadways/highways can resume. In the aftermath of adverse weather, traffic control companies can apply new incident learnings to future weather strategies. 

Count on Bird Dog No Matter the Weather 

Bird Dog Traffic Control is proud to offer you a full range of traffic control services from equipment sales and rentals, including trailered devices, warning signs, safety equipment, specialty vehicles, and channelization devices that can be used when winter weather arises to providing highly trained emergency road crews to assist with fallen trees, down power lines, and obstructed or damaged roadways.  

Our team stands with Texas during this difficult time and is proud to be the #1 traffic control company serving the entire state

To learn more about partnering with a traffic control company with decades of experience dealing with traffic management and traffic control no matter the weather, contact Bird Dog Traffic Control by calling 844-369-0799 or filling out this form today! 

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