The toll car crashes take on WF city resources

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 7:01 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - When you are driving down the highway, and you see a car accident, and you see polls and signal signs destroyed, you may drive away not thinking much about the infrastructure damage. But, somebody has to replace and fix all the equipment.

Doug Wooster, Traffic Control Coordinator for the City of Wichita Falls, said crashes can put things on pause for the city and could take hours to replace depending on what’s wrecked.

“It could take anywhere from six to eight hours to 24 to 48 hours depending on how bad it’s torn up. We’ve got a lot of wires that need to be cut, ripped, and we have to add the tape and make it secure again,” said Wooster.

Wooster said when car accidents happen, they tend to take place in sets of threes. Depending on the month, his department can fix between 30 to 40 signposts, and that does not include traffic lights or control boxes.

The cost of replacing something like a traffic box can add up to the average person’s yearly salary. Wooster said a driver who damaged traffic and streets property should give their car insurance company a heads up about pending charges.

During this time of the year, the city can be short on workers. City officials manage over 8,000 streets and 103 intersections, they fix about 30 to 40 sign posts a month.

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