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TxDOT officials discuss deteriorating road conditions in Texoma

 

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) – It’s not often that Texoma gets winter weather, but when we do, you can count on the TXDOT crews to go above and beyond to keep the roads safe.

“Everyone’s on 12-hour shifts right now, they’re testing bridges, overpasses, healing if they see any ice or slush building up on the bridges,” said Adele Lewis, public information manager for TxDOT. “Most of the main lanes are doing very well.”

Lewis said that while the snow and rain might slow it down, road crews will only get busier.

“We expect a lot more action tonight,” Lewis said. “Wednesday morning will be particularly dangerous for the riders in the morning because all this wet stuff will regenerate. We have the problem of refreezing.

There are a few tips you should keep in mind before you get behind the wheel on Wednesday.

“Tip number one, don’t use your daytime running lights,” Lewis said. “Use your headlights fully on even during the day so everyone can see you, full slow, full slow, super slow crossing, stop, take off, right hand turn slow, also turn on your wiper blades which will be a big improvement for the your driving experience.”

Lewis also said drivers should remember not to crowd the plows and stay well behind them. Keep in mind that while most of January has passed, it’s still unclear what the rest of winter might bring to Texoma in terms of the weather.

“If the last two Februarys are any indication, all bets are off,” Lewis said. “But we will be ready. We have a lot of produce, a lot of salt, a lot of salt water that we make ourselves, blades for our plows, so we’ll be fine.

The work of TxDOT combined with the safe driving of citizens can keep your morning drive safe.

Lewis said to make sure you drive carefully on bridges, overpasses and even highways. If you’re in an accident or stranded, he calls 911.

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