The crews will start pretreating activities on I-35, then move on to other major highways in the region.
The Texas Department of Transportation is gearing up for potential icing on area roadways next week. TxDOT crews will pretreat Austin highways beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 14, in advance of storms expected to arrive in the early evening on Monday.
The crews will start pretreating activities on I-35, then move on to other major highways in the region. Pretreating dry roads in advance of a storm discourages ice or snow from sticking to the pavement. Work teams and trucks will then be placed on standby, to respond to snow and ice situations, as the need arises.
The Austin District is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions for any potential winter weather.
Motorists can also do their part by driving carefully and following these guidelines:
- Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.
- Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly, and avoid using cruise control, so that you can respond better 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 deicing crews, and do not pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
- 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 shortcuts through territory that may not have been plowed.
- Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire, oil and antifreeze levels. Make sure heater, brakes and windshield wipers are working properly.