North Texas is bracing for the possibility of winter weather issues this week. The Texas Department of Transportation and the North Texas Tollway Authority have already started treating roadways ahead of what could be a messy commute Wednesday morning.
According to TxDOT, the possibility of snow and ice promoted the pretreating of main lanes, bridges and overpasses. Crews are using brine to prevent ice from sticking to the surface of the roads.
"We're relying on the National Weather Service, of course, for what's going to happen and sometimes that's very unpredictable. So we plan for the worst and hope for the best," said public information officer for TxDOT's Dallas district office Donna Simmons.
That means more than 320,000 gallons of brine have gone down on Dallas area roads alone, and it's been doubled on elevated surfaces.
As of midnight on Tuesday, staffing will be 24 hours until the threat of winter weather passes.
NTTA began to treat the tollways Monday.
TxDOT reminds that motorists can visit DriveTexas.org for up-to-date road conditions.