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Winter Preparedness

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One map shows the entire city and the arterial streets which are the first priority for clearing. The Collector Streets Map is a selection of localized maps showing the collector streets which are the secondary priority after arterials have been cleared.

The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from certain segments of the Tulsa expressway system and all arterial (main) streets. Other expressway segments in Tulsa are the responsibility of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The goal of the program is to make expressways and arterial streets safe and passable as soon as possible after snowfall or ice begins.

These resources are available to attain this goal:

  • 67 truck-mounted sand-salt spreaders.
  • 49 truck-mounted snow plows. (Of the 64 trucks with spreaders, 48 have plows)
  • 3¬†motor graders for use as plows.
  • 7 4x4 pick-up trucks equipped with snow plows
  • 170 employees (including drivers and support staff)
  • Approximately 12,500 tons of salt on hand (as of October 26, 2017)
  • 2 salt brine systems equipped with 2 applicators¬†

The spreaders are assigned to 35 specific routes totaling 1,770 lane-miles. Spreading and plowing routes are prioritized based on traffic counts. Once the main streets are cleared and conditions permit, selected residential streets are treated based upon traffic and steepness.