ODOT crews reporting slick spots on some highways and bridges following round of winter weather

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority crews are reporting slick spots on highways and bridges in eastern and northwestern Oklahoma Wednesday morning.

ODOT says counties where crews are treating slick spots and slushy conditions include Creek, Pawnee, Osage, Mayes, Delaware, Ottawa, Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Muskogee, Grant, Kay, Roger Mills, Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Major, Woods and Woodward Counties.

The Will Rogers, Muskogee and Indian Nation turnpike crews are reporting the turnpikes remain wet with some spots of snow and slush that are being treated with salt, sand and plowing. Light snow is falling along the Cimarron Turnpike and crews there are working to remove a slight accumulation off the shoulders.

ODOT says conditions along I-35 and I-40 are wet but clear on both corridors. Both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas are reporting wet highways.

Crews will monitor and treat remaining wet and slick spots throughout the morning and drivers are reminded to give plowing equipment plenty of room on the road.

ODOT reminds drivers of the following while traveling during snowy and icy conditions:

  • Stay about 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
  • Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
  • Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
  • Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.