TxDOT Pretreats Highways Ahead of Winter Weather Threat
Posted January 4, 2017 by Blake Holland | Tweet
TxDOT News Release: With winter precipitation being predicted for Friday, TxDOT’s Atlanta District has trucks out Wednesday and Thursday 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.
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.
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.