City ready for winter weather

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Updated: 11/05/2012 11:33 am Published: 11/05/2012 11:31 am

The City of Tulsa’s Streets & Stormwater Department is ready for winter weather with more resources than in recent years.

Last year’s mild winter meant street crews responded only one brief winter storm and enabled the city to carry over most of its stockpiled salt for use this winter.

The city has 14,500 tons of salt, about 5,000 more tons than last year, available if snowy or icy weather strikes.

City officials say there are 62 truck-mounted salt/sand spreaders, seven more than last year. The city also has 45 truck-mounted snow plows, also seven more than last year. They also have four motor graders which can be used as plows are also available.

City officials say the spreaders are assigned to 36 specific routes totaling 1,768 lane-miles. Spreading and plowing routes are prioritized based on traffic counts. Once the main streets are cleared and conditions permit, selected residential streets are treated based upon traffic and steepness.

Drivers for the spreader trucks are pulled from other duties when winter weather strikes. The majority of the drivers are from the Streets & Stormwater Department, but qualified drivers are also pulled from other departments if necessary.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett, along with representatives from the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA), Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority (MTTA) and the National Weather Service in Tulsa met with media representatives Monday morning to outline plans for winter weather response.

Bartlett said that after two severe winters with crippling ice and snow storms, the City has devoted more resources to its winter response operations and worked with Tulsa Police, MTTA and other agencies to add four-wheel-drive vehicles and other equipment needed during winter storms.

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