ODOT prepared for more winter weather

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/09/2013 9:57 pm Published: 12/09/2013 5:19 pm

As more snow begins to fall around the Tulsa area, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is on standby ready to respond.

On Monday, state roads and highways looked good and drivers also noticed they were pretty clear, but ODOT warned drivers not to be overly confident especially as more winter weather is on its way.

For his job, Juan Penny travels the state roads and highways on a daily basis.

"It's getting better," he said.

He's noticed a lot of the roads cleared up Monday, making his delivery routes less dangerous.

"State Road 20 was actually pretty good today. I drove on a couple of days ago and it wasn't nearly as good as it was today," he said.

FOX23 found out ODOT had 45 trucks working around the clock in the Tulsa area to make sure the roads were clear and they were able to catch up on a lot of the cleanup over the weekend.

However, all those trucks are still on guard.

"Right now, though with it being mostly clear, we are on standby, waiting for the next round of winter weather to come in. Our crews have spent the day making sure our salt sheds are refilled with the salt and the sand and all our equipment is ready to go and we have trucks right now monitoring and waiting for the snow to come in," said an ODOT official on the phone.

ODOT warned drivers to not be too confident out on the roads just because the winter weather has lasted for a few days now; the overconfidence is something Penny has noticed.

"(There are) a lot of people who aren't aware of the black ice that's out there. I've seen a few cars that fishtail and went out of the way. Some people just not paying attention," he said.

ODOT is also warning drivers to be mindful of work zones throughout the county where lanes are closed or shifted.

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