City of Tulsa treating streets for ice, snow

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/05/2013 5:35 pm Published: 12/05/2013 5:21 pm

The city of Tulsa is treating streets to keep drivers safe.

The city handles all the surface streets. The city has 45 plows clearing the roads and 63 trucks spreading salt to stop drivers from sliding.

Tulsa streets maintenance manager Tim McCorkell said his crews have been preparing for a storm like this since October.

"Doing appropriate maintenance on spreaders and trucks, getting them all run through the shop. The mechanics put a lot of hours in just making sure they're ready," he said.

With up to 6 inches of snow expected, crews are going into overdrive mode.

"Go onto a 12-hour shift rotation. And at that point there are about 170 people that will work the event around the clock," he said.

The main goal is to make sure streets are as safe as possible for the morning commute tomorrow.

"With 63 trucks and 35 routes, we can put at least two trucks on a route to continually go through them until we've got them clear and the storm is past. Then we can address some other issues," he said.

But don't expect your neighborhood to be high on the priority list of other issues.

"Then we'll address areas such as schools or main feeder streets to the neighborhoods. But our main priority is getting the main arterial streets, stuff around the hospitals and emergency areas: EMSA, 911, stuff like that," he said.

After a lot of criticism over how long it took to clear the streets after the blizzard in 2011, McCorkell said his team learned some lessons and made some improvements.

"I think we're more prepared. We've got a little bit more equipment since we had the blizzard. We've got some smaller trucks we've added to the fleet with plows," he said.
Because Tulsa hasn't had any major storms the past two winters, the city has been able to stockpile salt. There is close to 15,000 tons on hand.

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