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TxDOT prepares for winter weather

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December 15, 2016

WICHITA FALLS DISTRICT : Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young Counties  –   With the potential for freezing precipitation this weekend, the Texas Department of transportation spent yesterday and today pretreating the bridges and overpasses with an anti-icing agent.  TxDOT is using brine as the pretreatment.

Meanwhile, crews will also be installing snow plows and spreader boxes on all 83 of the dump trucks in our fleet.  These steps will shave time off our response if frozen precipitation falls.

TxDOT takes care of the Interstates, US highways, State highways, and FM roads. We will be servicing nearly 6,500 lane miles in nine counties.

If winter weather does hit Texoma, Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

  1. Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control. Drive with your headlights day or night.
  2. Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.3.
  3. Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
  4. Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  5. Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
  6. If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction you want to go until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle.

Motorists can obtain travel information by visiting drivetexas.org or calling (800) 452-9292. Road conditions and traffic updates are available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter,  www.twitter.com/txdotwf .

 

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Body of missing man found in Clay County

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Bryce Dingler, former Nocona man who has been missing for almost a week, was found deceased this morning in Clay County in an area near where his pickup truck was found along the side of U.S. Highway 287 near Jolly last Wednesday. See the following statement from the Clay County Sheriff.

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Foot, K-9 search planned Tuesday for missing man

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A search is planned Tuesday for Bryce Dingler, missing for almost one week.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office has organized the search where law enforcement will be using search dogs, a plane and drones to search specific areas in Clay County, along with deputies and paramedics walking the area in hopes of finding Bryce. The group will be small as to not throw off the search dogs. The focus will be in the area where Dingler’s truck was found last Wednesday.

The Nocona News Facebook page stated Monday evening: “At the request of Dr. Len Dingler, while everyone’s desires to help find their missing son Bryce are appreciated, the family asks you limit your support tomorrow to prayers and allow the professionals do their jobs, unhindered with extra untrained bodies and false footprints which could divert their efforts.” Bryce is Len’s son.

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Reward set up for information for missing man Bryce Dingler

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