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Road crews preparing for wintry weather this weekend

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/01 10:40 pm Published: 2/01 10:39 pm

Road crews stayed busy Saturday morning as the freezing rain and drizzle created hazardous road conditions.

FOX23 spoke with crews across Green Country who said they are also preparing for what could be a wintry Sunday morning.

Owasso officials tell FOX23 their crews initially started treating bridges and overpasses around 6:30 this morning for a few slick spots, but say that as the morning continued, conditions deteriorated and they began treating icy conditions roads in and around Owasso.

Across Green Country, they're preparing for what could be another busy morning on Sunday.

FOX23 spoke with Paul Strizek, Tulsa's maintenance contract manager, who said road crews are restocked and ready for what may come tomorrow.

We knew this was coming…we alerted our people yesterday," Strizek said.

FOX23 learned that on bad weather days, the city's road crews operate off a detailed map system that identifies hot spots and potential problem areas.

"Each driver has a complete set of maps. That way we can tell them to divert to Route 12, get off this route, go to that route, and they can flip to that page and they are instantly familiar with the route," said Strizek.

Crews with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are also on standby, with officials telling FOX23 that 42 trucks are ready to roll.

Their first priority: Bridges and overpasses.

Kenna Carmon works for ODOT and told FOX23 that bridges and overpasses "don't have the warm temperatures underneath them so they are going to feel the effects of the freezing weather first so that's where we will try to concentrate efforts if it does come in."

Strizek reminded drivers to give the sand and salt trucks space.

“We'd like you to stay at least 150 feet from the rear of the truck because salt is propelled out of the back of the spreading machines," said Strizek.

He also recommends that drivers not be in a hurry.

"Drive slow, slow down. You'll get there as long as you go safely,” Strizek said.

Tulsa started the season with 15,000 tons of road salt and in the first three storms, they've used 8,500. They've replenished an additional 3,000 tons but they won't change to sand unless they start to run low on salt.

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