The weather may have cleared and the temperatures are gradually warming, but highway work associated with last week’s freezing rain still remains.

While some Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews are scheduled to return to normal maintenance operations next week, others will be sweeping bridges and patching potholes that formed in the storm’s freeze-thaw cycle.

“We sanded a lot of bridges and overpasses last week,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “Now we have to get that material swept up off the side of the road. And, of course, there was roadway damage that needs our attention as well.”

Maintenance sections will have sweeper trucks, rotary brooms and patch trucks operating in the coming days and weeks to finish cleaning up after the storm.

Those slow-moving operations occasionally slow traffic for a few moments, Krantz said, adding that he hoped motorists would be patient with the operation until they could pass it safely.

“The safety of the traveling public comes first,” Krantz said. “Once the storm is over, all we is ask is for the public return the favor while we finish cleaning up.”