For The Second Time In A Week, TxDOT Gets Ready For More Icy Weather

In the Houston TxDOT District, herbicide trucks are used to spread magnesium chloride on elevated roadways susceptible to freezing. TxDOT road crews are busy as the Houston area prepares for another icy blast.

With Tuesday’s forecast calling for freezing rain and sleet, TxDOT’s Karen Othon says crews right now are pre-treating bridges and overpasses with magnesium chloride.

“And that’s our plan to go ahead and get it out there in advance of the storm and while the weather is dry, that way we will be prepared for when the sleet and projected ice and snow does hit.”

And it’s not just Houston they’re worried about. Othon says crews have a lot of territory to cover.

“We have the Houston district, and it covers a six-county area, and so we so have maintenance crews out in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, all of Harris County and Galveston, pre-treating these elevated structures.”

Othon says local law enforcement will make the call on any roadways that need to be closed. She adds crews will be on standby with truckloads of aggregate mixture to help break down ice and increase traction for drivers.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying.Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in Houston...

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