Driving in to the office this morning I caught a glimpse of a rare creature indeed: the North Texas spotted sanding truck. Some people go a whole lifetime here in Texas without witnissing this marvel of nature. These big, lumbering beasts make appearances about 3 days a year here, and today was one of them.
When the streets are super icy — which in Texas could mean that someone simply spilled a Big Gulp on the street — then the sanding trucks come out and do their thing, dumping tons of sand on the road much in the same way your little rolling lawn fertilizer does. A powerful bladed fan located at the back spins to throw sand behind the truck.
They’re capable of running for several miles without a reload, but around here they just generally hit the bridges and overpasses.
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