• Tulsa prepares for effects of cold weather on roadways

    By: Rick Maranon


    TULSA, Okla. - The city of Tulsa is preparing to send out salt and brine trucks on local roads Thursday between lunch time and the evening commute home.

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    The FOX23 Severe Weather Team is predicting a cold front will cause temperatures to plummet throughout the day, and there is a chance of precipitation.

    Tulsa Street Maintenance Manager Tim McCorkel told FOX23 they are watching the weather and believe bridges, overpasses and hills with roads. McCorkel believes the major impact will take place during the evening commute.

    "We hope it'll be a dry front," he said, "but this is Oklahoma. If the storm shifts four miles in any direction, we could see inches snow that hasn't been predicted."

    The city hopes to prepare by putting brine on area bridges, but if it is looking more like a rain event, the brine will wash away long before black ice forms.

    McCorkel said people need to stay back 150 feet from the rear of any truck putting down salt to treat black ice, even if the road is seeing heavy traffic because of the evening rush hour commute.

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