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-
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
The relatively warm winter has freed up time and money for the city. The bigger recent storms prompted officials to dip into contingency funds to pay for overtime, salt and other needs, but that isn't likely this year, DeGiacomo said.
“I believe last year we bought $350,000 worth of salt,” DeGiacomo said.
The city's salt barn remains almost full because of the lack of snow so far this winter.
DeGiacomo said another order of salt has already been placed, but the city won't ask for delivery until it's likely to be needed.
Normal jobs get done
Street crews are also able to get more done because they haven't had to spend as much time preparing, operating, cleaning and maintaining their snow equipment.
“We're able to patch more potholes, clean more storm sewers and do all that normal work that we'd do,” DeGiacomo said. “Plus, the mild winter's really good on the pavement. It doesn't deteriorate it any further.”