TxDOT Update: Crews Continue to Treat Icy Road Conditions in Houston District

Travel is discouraged as road conditions continue to deteriorate

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) continues de-icing operations into the night and morning as temperatures continue to drop. Despite this work, motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel as roadway conditions continue to deteriorate.

While the current forecast does not predict additional precipitation, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing throughout the night and into the morning. Precipitation already present on state roadways will stay frozen until temperatures rise.

Sleet, ice and freezing rain can create extremely dangerous driving locations.  Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

 Avoid unnecessary travel

  • If you must drive, drive to conditions.  Reduce speed.  Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  • Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews. 
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes.  Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle. 

 For more information on road conditions check www.houstontranstar.org or www.drivetexas.org. Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO.