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City of Tulsa crews working to clear icy streets

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 11:42:54-05

TULSA, Okla. — City of Tulsa street brine crews started working at midnight to prepare for icy roads across the city.

EMSA officials said crews responded to 84 crashes and 3 cold weather exposure calls.

READ MORE: Icy conditions cause closures, crashes

Officials said the northern part of city limits looks to be the worst at this time. Crews are focusing on that area and on other areas across the city in response to slick roads.

The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from the Gilcrease Expressway, L.L. Tisdale Expressway and all main streets. Other highway segments in Tulsa are the responsibility of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

After a snow or ice storm begins, the goal is to make expressways and arterial streets safe and passable as soon as possible. These resources are available to attain this goal:

  • 62 truck-mounted salt spreaders
  • 4 truck-mounted Liquid Applicator Systems for brine application
  • 48 truck-mounted snow plows (Of the 62 trucks with spreaders, and 4 trucks with Liquid Applicator Systems, 48 have plows.)
  • 7 4x4 pick-up trucks equipped with snow plows
  • 3 motor graders for use as plows
  • 210 employees (including drivers and support staff)
  • Approximately 9,500 tons of salt
  • 2 salt brine mixing systems

Crews are assigned to 35 specific routes totaling 1,770 lane-miles, which is approximately the same distance as driving from Tulsa to San Francisco. Spreading and plowing routes are prioritized based on traffic counts. Once the main streets are cleared and conditions permit, selected residential streets may be treated based on traffic and steepness.

The following link includes every map and route the City uses for arterial streets, collector streets, schools and steep hills:

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