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City of Tulsa Prepared for Winter Weather 2018

This article was archived on 2/9/2019

Mayor G.T. Bynum, joined by Joe Kralicek, Executive Director of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Tulsa, and Stan Whiteford from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, held a news conference today to speak about winter weather preparedness.

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:

The salt brine system serves as an anti-icing agent by helping prevent precipitation from bonding to the roadway.

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 upon traffic and steepness.

During winter weather response, the first focus is to clear city arterial streets for emergency responders. After arterial streets are clear, the second focus then moves to residential or collector streets near hospitals, schools and areas with steep hills. The following link includes every map and route the City uses for arterial streets, collector streets, schools and steep hills:

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