TxDOT Atlanta District
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Atlanta District is pretreating bridges and overpasses with a brine solution in preparation of possible winter weather conditions predicted for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
ATLANTA — With possible winter precipitation being predicted for Wednesday, Jan.2, TxDOT’s Atlanta District have trucks out spraying local bridges and overpasses with a brine solution. The solution is a mixture of salt and water that binds to the pavement and helps prevent any precipitation from freezing on the road surface and structures. The treatment will appear as light white lines on the highway.
Pretreating roadways and bridges with brine have proven to be an effective way to prevent early icing on these facilities. It mixes with the precipitation creating a solution that requires much lower temperatures to freeze. The brine solution is also much more environmentally friendly than using rock salt on roadways.
Once winter precipitation begins, TxDOT will have crews out around the clock working on the highways to keep them open to traffic and as safe as possible for motorists that have to travel in the poor weather conditions.
Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when driving in winter weather and always to slow down and drive according to conditions. Drivers should never slam on their brakes which can cause the vehicle to begin skidding. If you start sliding, the driver should take their foot off the accelerator and turn their steering wheel in the direction they want their vehicle to travel without oversteering.
Motorists can stay atop road conditions in Texas by logging onto www.DriveTexas.org and can view more winter driving tips at www.TxDOT.gov.
TxDOT Paris District
For Dec. 31, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019
Paris — Here’s a look at work planned in Delta, Lamar and Red River Counties during the week of Dec. 31, 2018. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Motorists are advised to remain alert and pay particular attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and reduce their speed as they approach and travel through work zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.
Delta, Lamar, Red River
FM 197, Lamar County: Watch for temporary lane closures as workers widen and reconstruct existing pavement and upgrade drainage structures.
US 271 safety upgrades, Red River County: from FM 410 to the Red River-Titus County line. Watch for temporary lane and shoulder closures as workers upgrade metal guard fence and bridge rails, and extend and safety-treat drainage structures.
SH 37 safety upgrades, Red River County: from the Texas-Oklahoma state line south to the Red River-Franklin County line. Watch for work zones as workers upgrade metal-beam guard fence, replace or extend new structures and install safety end treatments.
FM 2648 widening, Lamar County: Watch for temporary, one-lane daytime closures as workers widen and rehabilitate the roadway, and safety treats cross drainage structures.
SH 24 expansion, Delta County: from Cooper, Texas, southwestward towards Commerce. Watch for work zones and drive safely through construction areas while this roadway is being widened and improved. Drivers can expect lane closure shifts at various locations along the southbound lanes during the day. The outside southbound lane will be open to traffic each evening.