Crews working to keep Green Country highways clear

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/06/2013 5:03 pm Published: 12/06/2013 3:23 pm

All lanes of I-44 are clear and traffic was moving on Friday afternoon.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews have a lot of ground to cover, and not all of the highways are looking quite this good.

ODOT crews focused on clearing and dropping salt and sand on bridges and overpasses first, since they're generally the most slick.

Then it was on to handling hundreds of lane-miles across the area.

"They are getting at least one lane clear in each direction, and then working on additional lanes. They are clearing from the inside to the outside. So the inside might be where drivers see a little bit more of the clearance at this time," said Kenna Carmon, the spokeswoman for ODOT.

Since entrance and exit ramps can be tricky when it is slick out, Carmon said drivers will need to pay closer attention to traffic flow.

"You're gonna have to go at a very slow speed out there. You're going to have to be very cautious if you're changing lanes, or if you're entering or exiting the highways at this time," she said.

By Friday afternoon, the traffic brought the ground temperature up enough that a lot of the snow and ice have melted, but as temperatures plummet overnight a lot of that will re-freeze.

Drivers told FOX23 driving wasn’t as difficult as expected.

“On State Highway 11. It’s passable, very passable,” said Terry Starr.

Another driver agreed.

“I think they’re doing the best they can. Hey, this is beyond our control,” said Derek Hair.

Hair said even though the highways are improving quickly, he’s glad to see drivers still being careful.

“Everybody’s taking their time, driving pretty slowly. But, as long as you’re paying attention, you know, aren’t driving crazy, and doing pretty good,” he said.

ODOT will continue dropping salt and sand, but urged drivers to look out for black ice on the highways Friday night and Saturday morning.

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