TxDOT pretreating bridges and overpasses in case of bad weather.
The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance for wintry precipitation across the northern portion of the area for Wednesday night. The Texas Department of Transportation Atlanta District is being pro-active just in case. TxDOT’s Atlanta District has had trucks out spraying local bridges and overpasses with a brine solution. The solution is a mixture of salt and water that binds to the pavement. It helps prevent any precipitation from freezing on the pavement and structures. The treatment will appear as light white lines on the pavement.
Pretreating roadways and bridges with brine has proven to be an effective way to prevent early icing on these facilities. The brine mixes with the precipitation creating a solution that requires much lower temperatures to freeze. The brine solution is also much more environmentally friendly that using rock salt on roadways.
If winter precipitation begins, TxDOT will have crews out around the clock working on the highways to keep them open to traffic.
Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when driving in winter weather, and to always slow down and drive according to conditions. Drivers should never slam on their brakes which can cause the vehicle to begin skidding. If the vehicle begins sliding, the driver should take their foot off the accelerator and turn their steering wheel in the direction they want their vehicle to travel without over-steering.
Tips for driving safely in Winter Weather can be found on the TxDOT website.