TxDOT Crews Pretreating Roadways

BROWNWOODIn preparation for a strong cold front set to move into the region Sunday evening, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Brownwood District has mobilized crews in all nine of the district’s counties to pretreat major roadways with a brine solution today and into the weekend. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will fall into the lower 30s and possibly upper 20s by Monday night in some areas across the district with chances of rain/snow mix Monday morning.

Roadways, bridges and overpasses on major roadways in Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Stephens counties are being pretreated. Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for slower-moving TxDOT vehicles involved in the pretreatment process.

TxDOT continues as in recent years to use brine, a solution of water and salt, as a pretreatment for roadways prior to freezing precipitation. The brine is applied using spray nozzles attached to tanks mounted on the back of TxDOT trucks, forming a milky appearance on the roadway. The brine helps to prevent the bonding of frozen precipitation to the pavement, aiding in the removal of snow and ice.

Although widespread travel impacts are not expected with this weather system, TxDOT crews will remain vigilant in treating roadways as needed. Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and check roadway conditions prior to travel over the weekend and on Monday.

TxDOT reminds motorists to follow these helpful tips when traveling in winter weather:

  • Give yourself time to reach your destination and account for possible travel delays. Have patience and share the road with other drivers.

  • Drive with caution, reduce speed and increase travel distance between your vehicle and others on the road (at least three times the normal following distance).

  • Do not use cruise control.

  • If you start to lose control, ease off the gas pedals or brakes. Steer into the direction of a skid until you can regain traction, and then straighten your vehicle.

  • And if you don’t have to travel, stay home.

TxDOT roadway conditions statewide are available at DriveTexas.org or by calling 1-800-452-9292. The Brownwood District Twitter feed (@TxDOTBWD) will be updated as road conditions change. Other TxDOT Twitter feeds and the TxDOT Facebook page are also valuable resources for travel conditions across the state.

More winter weather travel information is available on the TxDOT website.

TxDOT’s Brownwood District includes Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties.