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For Immediate Release: TxDOT Begins Pre-Treating Major Corridors

Dec. 7, 2016

ABILENE

With the possibility of winter weather in the area, TxDOT’s Abilene District this morning began pre-treating major roadways in preparation of any winter storm activity.

Counties along I-20 throughout the district are pre-treating roadways with brine solution, which will discourage any ice or snow from sticking to the pavement. Crews in Callahan, Taylor, Nolan, Mitchell, and Howard Counties are pre-treating Tier 1 and Tier 2 roadways, which includes all sections of I-20 across the district as well as other local high-traffic roadways. T

he Abilene district is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions for any potential winter weather. Safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority, and crews will respond to snow and ice situations as the need arises. Motorists can also do their part by driving carefully and following these guidelines:

Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.

Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly, and avoid using cruise control, so that you can respond better if you encounter slippery roads.

Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires you to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snow plow, and do not pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.

Be patient. Your trip time – including short commutes to work – could increase when adverse weather conditions exist. Also, keep to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts through territory that may not have been plowed.

Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire, oil and antifreeze levels. Make sure heater, brakes and windshield wipers are working properly.

Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.

For real-time roadway conditions, check

DriveTexas.org

or

follow @TxDOTABILENE.

MEDIA:

For media inquiries, please contact Mary Belle Turner at MaryBelle.Turner@TxDOT.gov, or 325.676.6817.