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Light snow lets Oklahoma City road crews focus on other challenges

It took only one 12-hour shift to treat Oklahoma City's snow routes after the snowfall overnight Sunday. The relatively easy winter means Oklahoma City's street crews have had more time to deal with other issues this year.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: February 14, 2012

Monday was a breeze for Oklahoma City's street crews — at least compared to the punishing snow storms of recent years.

Twenty-four plows and salt trucks spent one 12-hour shift from midnight to noon clearing snow routes in Oklahoma City before their work was deemed done.

Only about an inch of snow accumulated in most parts of the city, so it was relatively easy for crews to get the roads clean and keep them that way, city streets superintendent Mike DeGiacomo said.

“We mounted everything up on Friday, so everything was well-prepared,” DeGiacomo said. “We got the salt brine out on the bridge decks on Sunday. We think that helped us out quite a bit.

Crews spent the second half of Monday cleaning their equipment.

Another crew was set to come in late Monday to treat snow routes if ice builds up again as temperatures sink below freezing.

It was very different from the Christmas Eve 2009 blizzard and two storms last year, which kept crews busy around the clock for days.

Winter easy on budget

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