TxDOT Pretreating Highways With Threat of Winter Weather
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TxDOT Pretreating Highways With Threat of Winter Weather

Brine solution being sprayed on major highways, bridges and overpasses


Dec. 28, 2017


Dec. 28, 2017


Northeast Texas highways


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Atlanta District is pretreating major highways, bridges

and overpasses with a brine solution in preparation of winter weather conditions predicted for New Years Weekend.

ATLANTA — With winter precipitation being predicted for New Years Weekend, TxDOT’s Atlanta District have trucks out today and tomorrow spraying local major highways, bridges and overpasses with a brine solution. The solution is a mixture of salt and water that binds to the pavement and 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.

Once winter precipitation begins, TxDOT will have crews out around the clock working on the highways to keep them open to traffic and as safe as possible for motorists that have to travel in the poor weather conditions.

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 oversteering.

To stay atop road conditions in Texas, motorists can log onto www.DriveTexas.gov  and can view more winter driving tips at www.TxDOT.gov.




For more information, contact Marcus.Sandifer@txdot.gov or (903) 799-1306.

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