TxDOT Prepares for Winter Weather
November 18, 2022
BROWNWOOD – The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Brownwood District has begun winter weather preparations due to a chance of wintery precipitation expected today through Saturday. Crews have been working to pretreat main lanes of Interstate 20, US and state highways, along with some highly traveled farm to market roads throughout the district as a precaution.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), parts of the Big Country have a chance of light rain or snow. TxDOT crews will remain vigilant monitoring roadways and treating as needed.
Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for slower-moving TxDOT vehicles involved in the pretreatment process. TxDOT continues, as in recent years, to use brine (a solution of water and salt) as a pretreatment for roadways prior to freezing precipitation. Brine is applied using spray nozzles attached to tanks mounted on the back of TxDOT trucks, forming a milky appearance on the roadway. Brine helps prevent the bonding of frozen precipitation to the pavement, aiding in the removal of snow and ice.
Those traveling are encouraged to plan ahead and check roadway conditions prior to travel during any inclement weather event.