LUFKIN – Crews are scheduled to pre-treat roadways in the Lufkin District beginning Wednesday, ahead of possible rain and freezing temperatures expected on Thursday.
The brine treatment that will be applied to overpasses, major structures and bridges will discourage ice or snow from sticking to pavement in the case of winter precipitation. The treatment will be applied in each county and crews will continue to respond to snow or ice conditions as needs arise and roads allow.
Motorists are urged to use caution on bridges and overpasses, since these are the first to freeze.
“With rain expected and temperatures expected to fall below freezing on Thursday night, we will begin treatment on Wednesday to prepare our roadways,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “Motorists are urged to reduce speed in freezing temperatures as there could be slick spots in rural areas. It takes three times more space to stop on a frozen or slick roadway. Avoid hitting your brakes, if possible.”
The Lufkin District will continue to monitor the National Weather Service for updates and potential winter weather conditions for East Texas. Safety of the traveling public is priority and crews will continue to work to prepare and respond to weather conditions.