TxDOT crews rush to treat roads after ice moves through

TxDOT was dispatching dozens of crews across Central Texas as icy weather slammed the region on Thursday night.

Five crews laid down 2,500 hundred gallons of deicer Wednesday night as a pre-treatment. Crews started at 11 p.m. and laid down the liquid on roadways in Travis County for about four hours, TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna said.

Although TxDOT did not have a specific list of roadways that received the pre-treatment, crews focused on high-traffic areas with overpasses and bridges, which are more susceptible to icing.

Winter Weather Coverage:

Reyna says treated intersections include Interstate 35 at Ben White Boulevard, Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 290, MoPac and U.S. Highway 183, along with other large overpasses.

TxDOT estimates it had about 50 crews on call Thursday into Friday in the 11 counties it covers in the Austin area.

Road crews will now be focusing on laying down a granular material as spots ice over.

TxDOT monitors conditions by getting calls from law enforcement, reports from TxDOT crews on the roads, and monitoring guardrail temperatures to gauge the possibility of freezing.

Winter Weather Driving Tips:

  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions, so a significant reduction in speed is recommended to stay safe.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Stay back at least 200 feet from trucks and equipment treating roadways.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses as they tend to freeze first.
  • 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.

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