TxDOT officials were a step ahead, pre-treating bridges and overpasses yesterday from Archer to Young County.
High winds can make driving dangerous especially for trailers or semi-trucks That’s why TxDOT and local law enforcement want drivers to have an alternative plan in place in case driving becomes difficult.
When there is any chance for water to freeze on roadways in the area, TxDOT crews prep for winter precipitation on highways, bridges and overpasses. Doing it early results in better pavement conditions.
“Just because we pretreat doesn’t mean you can go 75 mph,” public information officer of TxDOT Adele Lewis said. “You have to take precautions and drive to the conditions. It’s just there to keep the roadway open as the storm starts to fall before all of the snow plows can get back to those areas and also retreat.”
On Thursday, some parts of Texoma saw winds gust to 63 mph, and that can also be dangerous for those behind the wheel.
“When it’s really windy it’s best to take control of the vehicle, so 10 and 2 is going to be the optimal position to hold the steering wheel steady during winds so you don’t get blown into the shoulder or into somebody else’s lane,” Wichita Falls Police Department Officers Jeff Hughes said.
“The wind is a big problem because vehicles, especially large profile vehicles, have a problem driving if we get snow or ice it’s double the trouble because it is even harder for those big rigs to stay on the road,” Lewis said.
With three months of winter ahead, there are a few things TxDOT and WFPD recommend keeping it in the car, just in case.
“Make sure you have some food and water or tea or cokes in your car, so you have something to eat or drink in case you were to get stranded,” Lewis said.
“Some of the things we do recommend is some of your standard car equipment. Your jacks, make sure you always have a flashlight with you maybe some blankets,” Hughes said.
With this kind of weather headed into the area if you are going to be on the road its best to be prepared
Lewis said all TxDOT crews in the area are on standby right now and ready to be deployed to start 12-hour shifts to clear roadways should that need to be done.