City of Tulsa monitoring supplies, potholes in light of snow, ice


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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 1/07 6:19 pm Published: 1/07 4:54 pm


The city of Tulsa has used more than half of its available salt supply so far this winter.

FOX23's Eddie Randle talked to the city to find out how they plan to deal with the remainder of the season.

Bob Bledsoe, spokesman for City Maintenance, said the city has gone through a lot of salt and sand due to the excessive amount of winter precipitation Tulsa has seen in the last two months.

"We started the season with 15,000 tons. As of today we've used 8,200 tons," said Bledsoe.

But he said rest assured there are more supplies coming in.

"In the meantime we have purchased 3,000 more tons that is being delivered right now, a few hundred tons each day," he said.

So the city is in the green when it comes to supplies. Bledsoe said a lot of that is because the last winter was mild.

"We didn't use all we had, so we started out with a pretty good reserve and we purchased a little more," he said.

But FOX23 learned people are concerned about side streets; they said main roads to residential areas are the complete opposite.

Bledsoe said there's a reason for that.

"We treat several thousand lane miles of arterials and there are several thousand more (miles) of residential streets that we just don't have the resources to deal with," he said.

Something they are dealing with now: potholes.

"Most of our crews reverted yesterday (Monday) to pothole patrol to filling potholes," said Bledsoe.

He said they are making sure the city doesn't fall into a hole of its own.

"We think we're in good shape to finish the season," said Bledsoe.

The city said as this snow and ice starts to melt away they will be patrolling streets looking for potholes to fill which will make the roads safer for drivers.


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