Preparing for winter weather: maintenance crews keeping our roadways safe

Published: Sep. 14, 2023 at 2:43 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Department of Transportation’s highway maintenance crews are starting to prepare our roads for the winter season, and they say you should be preparing too.

“While most people are enjoying late summer barbecues, we are actually getting ready for winter and that includes, changing over and refreshing this system, this anti-icing system,” says Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese.

The system senses potentially freezing temperatures and sprays an anti-icing solution on the roadway to be further tracked by vehicles’ tires, which helps reduce the icing on the bridge surface.

Ragonese reminds everyone that winter conditions come quickly, and it is important to be prepared early.

“We are just a month or two away from those type of winter conditions that can come to our (area). So, we want drivers to also use this as an opportunity to plan ahead and be ready for safe winter driving,” says Ragonese.

The sprinklers in the northbound lanes along I-580 still need to be checked. There will be lane closures and traffic delays from Monday, September 18 to Thursday, September 21 between Mt. Rose Highway and the Bowers Mansion area.

For more information on road conditions check