EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - In anticipation of severe weather, Texas Department of Transportation crews will texture the pavement on eastbound portions of Interstate 20 in Gregg County during peak morning traffic hours Tuesday.
Larry Krantz, public information officer for TxDOT, said work will begin on the interstate between Texas Highway 135 in Kilgore and Farm-to-Market 2087 south of Longview.
Krantz said the interstate will not be closed due to the work, but motorists will have to be prepared to reduce speed and merge to avoid a working convoy.
Crews will texture the pavement on eastbound and westbound portions of the interstate for the rest of the week but will wait until rush hour is over to begin work, Krantz said. The measures will make the road safer in rain and other forms of inclement weather.
"Pavement texture is all about making road safer for inclement weather by improving roadway friction," Krantz said
EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - We'll see our chances of rain and thunderstorms increase as we go through the day especially the mid-afternoon through midnight. This is because a cold front will be sweeping across the area.
There is a slight risk for severe weather in the form of damaging straight line winds, hail and isolated tornadoes this evening. Rain chances are expected to increase to 70% by afternoon. A Lake Wind Advisory is also in effect until 9pm.
Highs today will be near 76, tonight's low will be around 43. Sunny and cooler tomorrow with a high of 56.