(Houston) – TxDOT’s Houston District Emergency Operations Center is currently monitoring the winter weather storm with the National Weather Service. In preparation for the possibility of icy conditions Thursday night and Friday, TxDOT maintenance crews in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery and Waller Counties will be pre-treating all bridges and overpasses with a liquid magnesium chloride, anti-icing solution on Wednesday, February 2. The spraying operation will begin at 8:00 a.m., after the morning rush hour and last throughout the day.
We are working with local law enforcement and the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management Disaster District Committee to escort our crews during the spraying operation. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving around this working operation.
The following information can help motorists drive safely when winter weather strikes.
Motorists are encouraged to stay informed of road conditions. For updated information on road conditions in the Houston District as well as statewide, please call our hotline at (800) 452-9292 or visit http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm.
- Approach bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns slowly.
- Accelerate slowly and increase your following distance.
- Brake gently in slow, steady strokes to see how much traction you have, and begin braking early when approaching intersections or stops.
- Use non-freezing windshield washer liquid.