TxDOT crews treat roadways in preparation for icy conditions

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by Shern-min Chow / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 5:52 AM

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation has begun preparations after a Winter Storm Warning was issued Monday for parts of the Houston area that could see icy roads overnight.

TxDOT crews began spraying magnesium chloride on roadways in Houston and in the outlying counties Monday afternoon. They specifically targeted Beltway 8 from State Highway 290 to State Highway 90, the North 610 Loop and SH 290 from the Grand Parkway heading northwest.

They are hoping to prevent what happened on Jan. 27 when motorists became stuck on overpasses and bridges that had become glazed over with ice.

Darren Doyle works in shadow of the Interstate 10 West and the Grand Parkway exchange – a vulnerable ice target.

“I’m gonna be right around here pushing carts, so I’ll have a front row seat,” Doyle said. “Hopefully won’t be too much to see.”

But in the energy capital of the world, many are used to even tougher conditions.

“Slow sleet rain snow, drilling a rig on land doesn’t stop for nothing it goes 24/7,” Brad Gall, a worker, said.

Houston METRO is also monitoring the situation and may consider closing HOV and HOT lanes. Also, the city of Houston will activate its Emergency Operations Center after 1 a.m. to monitor the situation.

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