With the area seeing winter weather possible this weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation has worked this week treating roadways with brine in advance of the system.
TxDOT officials say crews will work throughout the weekend, monitoring and treating roadways, bridges, and overpasses as needed.
While brine works to minimize ice from bonding to roadways and structures as wintry precipitation begins to fall, drivers are urged to use extreme caution because of the potential for black ice, which appears as dry pavement. Ice on bridges and overpasses will continue to be a concern in the impacted areas.
TxDOT gives some tips for winter weather travel.
- Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.
- Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire conditions, oil and antifreeze levels. Make sure heater, brakes and windshield wipers are working properly.
- Carry extra warm coats, gloves, and boots in case you get stranded.
- Be patient. Your trip time – including short commutes to work – could increase when adverse weather conditions exist. Also, keep to the main roads and avoid taking roads that may not have been plowed.
- Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, as temperatures can be colder on elevated surfaces.
- Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs more distance to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly and do not use cruise control, so that you can better maintain control if you encounter slippery roads.
- Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires you to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snow plow, and never pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.