The state’s transportation agency is preparing for ice throughout Southeast Texas.

TxDOT is warning drivers to pay careful attention on bridge and overpasses, especially those crossing waterways. Bridges spanning water are more susceptible to freezing. Officials have said that unless you absolutely have to travel, don’t.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), low temperatures mixed with ice could have an impact on the Beaumont Districts approximately 1000 on-system bridges.

Crews will monitor bridges and roadways for ice for the next several days.

“It’s a matter of timing,” said Jack Moser, Director of Maintenance for the Beaumont District. “If we spread rock and de-icing materials too soon, vehicles simply push it off the roadway and it serves no purpose.”

Maintenance forces have prepared dump trucks with spreaders designed to spread rock and de-icing materials. Crews have de-iced some turnarounds and spots along the I-10 and US-69 frontage roads. However, crews will only spread material on bridges and overpasses if ice begins to appear.

The Beaumont District is comprised of Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, Chambers, Jasper, Tyler and Newton Counties.