TxDOT prepping roads for icy weather


by HEATHER KOVAR and KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 7:12 AM

AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are working together to help make roads safe in the event of icy weather.

Tank trucks will begin pre-treating roads after rush hour on Thursday at 8 p.m.

"Trucks will go in a slow moving procession, up and down bridges, overpasses and flyovers, to apply a liquid agent to help prevent icing should icy weather come," said the Manager of Communications at Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Rick L'amie.

The pretreatment is a magnesium chloride product, according to TxDOT spokeswoman Kelli Reyna.

There are a total of 26 trucks deploying Thursday evening from TxDOT's North Travis County office off Parmer.

If it does become icy, trucks will come back out with a sold, salt-like type of application. State troopers said if you do find yourself in icy conditions, drive at a speed where you can control your vehicle if you go into a spin.

There's also some cold weather maintenance you may want to keepin  mind. Service advisor at Advanced Automotive and Tire, Bill Flowers, said to check your tire pressure, anti-freeze level and battery.

"If it's on its last leg and it's been starting fine all summer [and] fall, the first cold snap could kill it," said Flowers.

Flowers says most shops will test your battery for free. Officials urge drivers to stay off the roads if they can.

Go here for winter driving tips.

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