ODOT preparing for winter weather, slick roads

As a winter storm bears down on Oklahoma, state Department of Transportation officials say they're prepared to deal with slick roads and hazardous travel conditions.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: January 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

As a winter storm bears down on Oklahoma, state Department of Transportation officials say they're prepared to deal with slick roads and hazardous travel conditions.

ODOT spokesman David Meuser said Monday the agency's 110 salt sheds are fully stocked with 130 tons of sand or sand-salt mixtures. He says about 1,200 workers are available to work during the storm, many for 12-to-16 hour shifts.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for most of Oklahoma through Tuesday night. The system already has brought light fog and light snow to counties in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma. The Department of Public Safety reports wet roadways with some slick spots in the region.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says troopers are discouraging travel as the storm begins to affect driving conditions.



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