City crews reveal their road prepping strategy before the snow

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 1/04 10:09 pm Published: 1/04 10:04 pm

Tulsa's street crews are preparing for the winter weather to arrive and FOX23 found out that the prepping started Saturday at 4 p.m.

FOX23's team took an inside look at the preparations for the chance of snow this weekend.

We went to the Tulsa International Airport and found no snow, or sleet, only cold chilling temperatures.
We checked the roadways and all are clear of moisture Saturday night.

Something we learned from Tulsa's street crew Saturday is there has to be to moisture on the road before they can prep the roads with salt and sand.

The city of Tulsa and surrounding areas are preparing for more winter weather.

Fox23 was there when crews got their routes and checked their trucks.

Dennis Sixkiller has worked for the city's street department for 33 years.

He say the worst road conditions he's seen were just a few years ago.

"We actually had our own trucks getting stuck because there was so much snow," Sixkiller said.

Even though FOX23 meteorologists don't think that will happen with this cold snap, the job he says is still the same.

"You still have to take the same precautions because when the roads are slick it doesn't matter if it's a half an inch or 14 inches, slick is slick," Sixkiller explained.

"We have to be prepared for when it does hit, you know we don't want to try to bring crews in as the storm is coming in," Tim McCorkell, Tulsa's street supervisor said.

I learned from McCorkell that before they can start spreading the mix on the roads - there has to be moisture.

"If you try to pre-treat with the salt just putting it out on the roadway before there is any moisture to hold it the wind or the cars or traffic or whatever will just blow it off," McCorkell explained.

With only predictions and no way to know what road conditions will be until the front arrives, McCorkell said the city's not risking not being prepared.

"We have to bring in full crews so we are prepared for anything that may happen," McCorkell said.

Before crews can think about treating the roads, they have to mix the sand and salt and check each truck.

"You would kind of like to stay home and be with your family but you know got a job to do and if you go out and do your job then you know you're even protecting your own family if they have to get out there, it's a good deal, McCorkell said.

I just checked with that street crew and there are no trucks on the roads but they do have people monitoring conditions.

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