WICHITA FALLS DISTRICT – TxDOT maintenance crews were out all morning pre-treating bridges and overpasses with brine on the lesser-traveled highways. All of I-44 and I-35 including bridges and the main lanes were pretreated as Tier 1 roadways. Crews were also able to treat most of the main lanes on US 287, 281, and US 82. We additionally were able to the treat main lanes and bridges Seymour Highway and bridges and some of the main lanes on Southwest Parkway inside the City of Wichita Falls.TxDOT is 100% ready for the storm. Our crews are on stand-by to report to work. Their equipment and materials are fully stocked and ready for deployment. Our fleet of 83 snowplows and maintainers (motor graders) are on standby for a moment’s notice. Motorists can obtain travel information, road conditions and see 15 Wichita Falls traffic cameras and 1 Vernon camera by visiting DriveTexas.org or calling (800) 452-9292. Traffic cameras are also at TxDOT.Gov.Remember to follow the Wichita Falls District on our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/TxDOTWichitaFalls and on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/TxDOTWF . If you experience any emergency on the road, call 9-1-1 for help.
Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:
Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal dry road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
Do not use cruise control.
Turn on your headlights. It’s not for you…it’s so other drivers can see you.
Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
Watch carefully for personnel, equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews. Don’t crowd Plows. They can’t see traffic that drives too close. Also, the plows can break over if the pavement is damaged.
Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first and thaw last.
Carry warm coats, gloves, and boots in case you get stranded. Keep a kit in your car.If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction that you want to go until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival 2023 Sweet Tidings of Gingerbread schedule Dec. 1-3
Sip & Stroll With Me, 5-8 p.m., downtown Bowie, $10 to purchase armband and glass from any participating merchant. See full list of merchants in your mid-week Bowie News.
Open house Bowie Economic Development office, 4-6 p.m., 101 E. Pecan.
Pancakes with Santa, 7-10 a.m., Bowie Fire Department. Free, toy drive donations accepted and photos with Santa.
FUMC Elf ‘N Magic Crafts, 8-11 a.m., Bowie Library, 301 Walnut, free.
Amity Club accepting Bowie Mission donations at 506 N. Mason from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas entertainment, 3-6 p.m., Wise Mercantile, 111 W. Wise.
Live entertainment and holiday songs, 5 p.m., main stage on Smythe Street
Christmas tree lighting ceremony, 6:45 p.m., Smythe and Tarrant Streets
Fantasy of Lights Parade, 7 p.m.
Amity Club Christmas Tour of Homes, 2-5 p.m., various locations. Tickets $20 at the chamber office, Amity members at at home locations. See full list of homes in the mid-week Bowie News.
The drainage project at Nelson and Mill saw major progress as the first concrete drain boxes went in along with pipe. These 42-inch corrugated PVC pipes will connect to the inlet box at Mill. The bridge and rusted culverts and pipes have been removed. The pipes will flow through the 11-feet X 6-feet concrete culvert boxes which will be tied together and set in the creek, going under Nelson to Lamb Street.The project contractor has removed all the rusted out galvanized culverts that were located under Nelson Street at Kiwanis Park, along with the bridge that went across the creek that flows through the park. (Courtesy photo and by Barbara Green)
Volunteers make Thanksgiving merry with free community meals
There were 328 meals served at the community dinner including delivery, take-out and in-house. Coordinator Judy Broker thanked the volunteers and donors who provided nine hams and 15 turkeys along with the bakers of sides and desserts and those who delivered all the free meals. Pictured above volunteers fill meal plates for delivery to area residents.
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