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TxDOT treating Austin-area roads ahead of potential weekend freeze

TxDOT crews will be out treating Austin-area roadways Thursday night in anticipation of potential freezing weather over the weekend. (CBS Austin)

TxDOT crews will be out treating Austin-area roadways Thursday night in anticipation of potential freezing weather over the weekend.

Crews will start on I-35 at approximately 8 p.m., then move on to other major highways in the region.

TxDOT says pretreating dry roads in advance of a storm impedes ice or snow from sticking to the pavement. Work teams and trucks will then be placed on standby, to respond to snow and ice situations, as the need arises.

Texas transportation officials have the following tips for driving in icy weather:

  • Only drive, if absolutely necessary.
  • 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 treated.
  • 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.

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