TxDOT crews pre-treating elevated roadways in advance of wintry conditions

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - TxDOT Tyler will begin pre-treating elevated road structures in its Tyler District on Friday in case of wintry conditions in the area Monday night.

Pre-treatment will be conducted throughout the day and completed Saturday.

Crews will treat the bridges on I-20 and elevated structures on other major roadways around the Tyler District.

A brine solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces will be used.

KETK Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner said weather models at this time do not call for dangerous conditions in the viewing area over the next few days, but urged caution and attention to forecasts during the coming extended cold spell.

TxDOT will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. However, equipment and materials are being prepared for response to emergency situations should weather conditions change.

Crews will be on standby to report for duty.

Efforts will include monitoring highly exposed areas that are susceptible to wind and ice such as bridges, ramps and overpasses, and treating roadways as needed to allow for safer travel.

While TxDOT advises staying off roads during severe winter weather, the agency offers the following tips for those who absolutely need to drive.

  • Know before you go. Check weather forecasts before departing and visit www.DriveTexas.org or call 800-452-9292 to check highway conditions.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Always use caution when driving on icy or slick roads. Remember, bridges and overpasses are the first to freeze. Reduce your speed and anticipate travel delays.
  • Remember to keep a safe distance away from TxDOT vehicles as they work to treat and clear roadways.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, then straighten your vehicle.
  • Remain in your vehicle. If stranded, please call 911 to alert emergency services.
  • Be courteous to others on the road to ensure everyone reaches their destination safely.
  • In any situation, drivers can protect themselves by wearing their seatbelts and ensuring everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.

To stay informed about weather conditions, watch the East Texas Storm Team forecast on KETK, check the weather page on our website, and download the KETK mobile app.

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