AUSTIN (KXAN) — As we prepare for the cold, crews in central Texas have prepared the roads.
The Texas Department of Transportation has begun spraying bridges and elevated portions of major highways with brine solution to prevent them from freezing.
“It can be a few days, especially if it’s not raining heavily,” spokeswoman Diann Hodges said.
Austin Public Works street and bridge operations crews prepared the trucks Wednesday and will proactively monitor the roads beginning Thursday.
After last year’s winter storm, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Department received boxes full of winter supplies.
“Little props that we can put on our boots, so that we can kind of make ourselves more capable of handling icy areas,” said ATCEMS captain Darren Noak.
While widespread ice is not likely, Noak along with local tow truck companies said they are prepared to respond to crashes.
First responders urge drivers to be alert if they see crews on the side of the road.
“The hardest thing is towing on toll roads when people are going so fast and not stopping, giving us no extra space,” said Trey Cheatham, who works for Eagle. Towing and Recovery.
He also said he expects to tow cars with multiple flat tires due to drops in air pressure as well as vehicles with dead batteries.