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Wichita Falls and TxDot Officials Prep for Ice and Snow Later This Week

Don't let Tuesday's beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures fool you, Ice and snow could soon be hitting the streets of Texoma.
Don't let Tuesday's beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures fool you. Ice and snow could soon be hitting the streets of Texoma.

And Wichita Falls and TxDot are both once again hard at work, preparing those roads to keep us safe.

“It's kind of like a transition from daily operations to snow and ice control operations,” says Wichita Falls Street Supervisor Larry Krugle.

That transition means switching work trucks to snow trucks by adding spreaders and filling them with ice chat to help melt the snow.

Then they make sure they have a plan to take care of priority streets first.

“Priority one obviously is where you start and that's your major streets that run east and south north west, like Missile Road on the north side. Residential areas are not a priority, I mean you've got a limited resource with personal and equipment and have to get in to the more traveled areas,” says Krugle.

Workers are prepared to work 24 hours, rotating 12 hour shifts, and you can help the process run smoothly by giving the trucks room to do their job.

“First thing the citizens need to do is stay home, try to stay off the streets if you can and allow us to get out there and do the plowing. So it's available and we try to do that all night long so when people wake up they can get to work,” says Krugle.

And to avoid an increase in accidents, like what came with the last round of ice, Krugle says if you do have to drive, slow down.

TxDot pre-treats highways and interstates with Freezeguard.

And, TxDot also received a new shipment of the chemical, Meltdown 20, that can be used once winter weather hits.
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