Icy roads cause headaches for drivers in Northern Oklahoma

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 21:02:10-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Bartlesville Fire is preparing for more calls as the roads freeze.

Captain Robert Luton said this is one of their busier times in the year. Although, a drop in temperature could mean a delay in response.

"People will fall just walking on the sidewalk. Auto accidents. Everybody's heater going full blast. People using their fireplaces," Luton said.

Although public works is clearing sidewalks, firefighters know ice will be an ongoing problem if fires break out in the days ahead.

"If we're on a fire we'll obviously be flowing some water. That water can end up on sidewalks, the streets, and that can cause us some concerns," Luton said.

For other Washington County residents, their focus is on getting from point A to point B. Those who spoke with 2 Works for You were scraping cars, and said they're trying to avoid getting behind the wheel when they can.

"When they turn off side roads onto the highway the just slide out a little bit and it was just a little nerve wracking watching them do that," Bradon Wano said.

When Wano drove from Bartlesville to Dewey, the high schooler noticed his car slide out on multiple ocassions.

"Just stopping at stop signs. Just right before them I would slide to the middle of the intersection. It made me really nervous," Wano said.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation focused most of their energy in Dewey and North on Highway 75 Monday. With freezing temperatures overnight, they hope drivers will be aware of an icy commute on Tuesday.

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