By Jack Fink


FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — The sunny, warm, and windy weather provided a relatively easy commute home Friday. But crews from TXDOT and NTTA are more focused on what the Monday morning commute will look like.

With a winter storm blowing into North Texas later this weekend, crews hit the road to pre-treat highway interchange ramps, bridges, and overpasses to protect them against ice or other frozen precipitation.

We watched from chopper 11 and mobile 11 on the ground as TXDOT crews sprayed a brine solution around Tarrant County. That includes the 820 and 121 interchange near the Hurst mall.

A similar story in Dallas County where crews pre-treated the High Five interchange and 635 and 35. Crews also working on U-S 380 in Collin County and 114 and 377 in Denton County.

Like TXDOT crews, The North Texas Tollway Authority began work yesterday. They’re still at it this afternoon, preparing trucks that will be out and about later this weekend.

They demonstrated the brine solution, which is a salt-water mix, they use to keep the roads from becoming slippery.

They say once the solution settles, and the freezing precipitation hits it days later, the salt particles act as a barrier or shield against the ice.

Some people we spoke with were a little surprised by the storm we’re expecting.

“I think it’s pretty crazy. It’s been long-awaited, it’s kind of ridiculous,” said Samuel Cuevas.

Jennifer Nagel says, “I’m actually from northeastern Pennsylvania, so hopefully the Metroplex is better prepared than the last time.”

Crews started using the brine solution this year which they say not only works very well, but is relatively inexpensive to make.

Crews will be out in full force beginning Sunday to make sure the area highways, interchange ramps, bridges and overpasses are as safe as possible to travel.

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