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TxDOT's Brownwood District pretreats roads for ‘possible light snowfall'

The Texas Department of Transportation’s Brownwood District has crews in Eastland and Stephens counties pretreating major roadways with brine – a solution of water and salt – in preparation for “possible light snowfall” forecasted for Friday.

Roadways being pretreated include I-20 in Eastland County, along with bridges, overpasses and intersections in the Breckenridge area.

“Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for slower-moving TxDOT vehicles involved in the pretreatment process,” an TxDOT news release said Thursday.

The brine, which is applied using spray nozzles attached to tanks mounted on the back of TxDOT trucks, makes a milky appearance on the roadway.

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“The brine helps to prevent the bonding of frozen precipitation to the pavement, aiding in the removal of snow and ice,” the release said.

TxDOT’s Brownwood District includes Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties.

“Although widespread travel impacts are not expected with this weather system, TxDOT crews will remain vigilant in treating roadways as needed.”

TxDOT’s Brownwood District will “expand pretreatment operations to other counties if warranted based on the latest National Weather Service guidance.”

According to TxDOT, roadway conditions statewide are available at DriveTexas.org or by calling 1-800-452-9292. The Brownwood District Twitter feed (@TxDOTBWD) will be updated as road conditions change. Other TxDOT Twitter feeds and the TxDOT Facebook page are also valuable resources for travel conditions across the state.

More winter weather travel information is available on the TxDOT website.


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