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ODOT prepares for winter weather Monday


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Reported by: Morgan Downing
Updated: 2/09 9:58 pm Published: 2/09 9:56 pm


Sunday night's freezing temperatures and mist could impact Monday’s morning commute for drivers.

FOX23 spoke with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to find out what crews are doing to prepare.

We learned City of Tulsa crews have been on standby since 12 Sunday afternoon and ODOT crews have been monitoring highways across our state all day Sunday.

Both crews were prepping for more winter weather that's headed our way.

Tulsa's transportation yard was quiet Sunday afternoon.

But this quiet period will be short-lived as more snow makes its way to Tulsa.

"I give them an A+ plus," said Broken Arrow resident Doug Hamilton.

Road crews have been put to work a lot this winter and their efforts are being noticed.

"If you can get out of the neighborhoods you can do fine. Because the main arteries they do a tremendous job with them," Hamilton explained.

"When I go into the office and I can see them. They're out on the streets with the sand and the main roads have been great," said Tulsa resident Pamela Funsth.

FOX23 found out the City of Tulsa crews will report to work at 2 a.m. on Monday to monitor and treat the roads.

They follow specific routes on their maps that list hot spots like bridges, hills and schools.

Their 70-truck fleet will be monitoring more than 17,000 miles of road.

We spotted an ODOT truck loaded with sand on the road on Sunday.

The ODOT crews are working 12-hour shifts, treating the highways, bridges and overpasses to ensure your commute is a safe one.

These continuous rounds of winter weather have some asking when it will end.

"I'm ready for summertime. It can come tomorrow and it won't hurt my feelings," said Hamilton.

Tulsa's green waste and bulky service will not pick up on Monday because those crews are the same ones treating the streets.

FOX23 will continue to gather information on road conditions.

Be sure to watch FOX23 News "This Morning," starting at 5 a.m. for the latest information.


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