FOX23 rides along with Tulsa's road crews


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 1/06 10:28 am Published: 1/05 9:42 pm


FOX23 spoke with the City of Tulsa's road crew and took an inside look at the snowplow routes.
We went driving with Tulsa's road crews and at 9:30 Sunday evening, the routes were pretty clear of snow.

However, when the temperatures start dropping Sunday night, the snow turns to ice pretty quickly, and that's what is worrying most road crews and residents.

Tulsa's city crew told FOX23 they are staying out tonight because all the melted snow and ice is starting to refreeze, and that could cause bigger problems Sunday night and Monday morning than anything we had during the day Sunday.

FOX23 joined the street crews to look at the road conditions.

"We started sliding every time we got to a slushy part so that was really stressful this morning,"said Tulsa resident Deidre Alvarez.

"I think [the roads] they're great, just the residential streets are going to be a little slick in the morning but the main streets are in great shape," said Tulsa resident Kevin Bowen.

FOX23 found these two drivers that described exactly what we found, roads in perfect condition, roads you could ice skate on, and roads that looked more like a ski slope.

"Shaky I'm still a little nervous but you know I need to get groceries and get back to the house," said Alvarez.

As crews plowed the snow and salted the slick spots, the afternoon sun dried many of the roads.

Street crews told me dry roads Sunday means less ice on the roads Monday.

"I think they'll dry up with the cold dry air," said Tulsa resident driver Kevin Bowden.

FOX23 found clear expressways.

However, we also found some slushy roads and some snowy roads in the city.
 
We've learned from Tulsa County that this stretch of Lewis between 151st Street South and 161st Street South here in Bixby is closed because of slick spots.

As the sun went down and temperatures started dropping, icicles started forming.
"I think it's going to be bad," said Alvarez.

And some of that melted ice on the roads also turned back to ice.

Stay with FOX23 News, we will to continue to monitor road conditions and will bring you more details as they become available to us.

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