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"City street crews ready to respond to icy weather," according to the City of Oklahoma City

by Bryan Painter Published: November 21, 2013
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Following is a release from the City of Oklahoma City regarding:

“City street crews ready to respond to icy weather”

Oklahoma City’s street crews are on standby today and throughout the weekend in anticipation of icy weather. 

 

Street crews driving 30- 34 trucks will begin salting City snow routes  once ice or snow begins to accumulate on the roadway or ground temperatures dip below freezing. 

 

Crews will work 12-hour shifts (noon to midnight and midnight to noon) until the weather improves.  They spent the past two weeks servicing their trucks and making sure their equipment is in good working order.

 

Bridges and overpasses along the snow route were pretreated with a brine solution earlier today.

 

Motorists are advised to take extra precautions through the weekend, especially during Friday morning’s commute.

Salt is in good supply with about 7,100 tons in stock. A salt truck driver drives approximately 200 miles in a 12-hour shift.

 

Safety tips:

  • Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.
  • Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Stay home if you can. 
  • Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.
  • Give salt trucks plenty of room – stay at least 100 feet behind them so salt won’t get thrown on your car.
  • Plan ahead by getting up and leaving the house earlier.
  • Keep at least a three-car distance from the car in front of you
  • Steer and brake more slowly than usual.
  • Keep warm shoes and clothes in your car.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before setting out.
  • Proceed carefully through intersections
  • Have a plan if you slide off the road – who are you going to call?
by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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