DFW, Texas – Traffic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area rose for the first time in four months on Wednesday, despite a major snowstorm that had pushed snow, ice and a heavy snowfall.
The DFW-based Department of Transportation said Wednesday morning that it is back online for the rest of the week.
It was the largest traffic spike since February and the third consecutive day that the area experienced a surge in traffic, the DFW Times reported.
On Wednesday, there were 1,739 crashes involving vehicles.
The city recorded more than 5,000 accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on Wednesday.
On average, there are about 100 accidents per day in the city, according to the city.
The heavy snowstorm and snowfall brought about a foot of snow on Wednesday and Friday, which caused road closures and delays on Interstate 45 in and out of Dallas-Ft.
Worth International Airport.
Officials were still trying to determine how many vehicles were in the area that day.
The average speed on Interstate 95 in Dallas-Arlington was up to 35 miles per hour on Wednesday as well as a couple of other routes.
But the snow has now cleared.
The snowstorm, which had caused major delays for many commuters, has not caused any major problems for motorists in the metropolitan area.
The number of people on I-35 and its detour to Interstate 45 has been significantly reduced, with many drivers finding alternative routes to get to work or to their jobs.
The Dallas-Austin International Airport reopened for business on Wednesday evening.
The area was also expected to see traffic in the neighborhood of 200,000 vehicles Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Wednesday that it was extending the hours for its morning service on the Texas Interstate 35 system.
The agency said it was continuing to evaluate the impacts of the snowstorm.