The Texas Department of Transportation is being pro-active in case the area gets and snow or ice in the next few days.

Now while the chances are slight that we will have a major problem, TxDOT says they are taking action to make the bridges and overpasses in our area safe if it does.

According to the department, with possible winter precipitation being predicted for Thursday night and Friday this week, TxDOT’s Atlanta District have trucks out spraying local 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.

If 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 over steering..

Motorists can view more winter driving tips at their website.