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City of Tulsa Winter Weather Update March 10

This article was archived on 3/10/2022

The City of Tulsa is preparing for winter weather expected to move in tonight through mid-day tomorrow.  

Streets crews will work in 12-hour shifts throughout the winter weather event. Crews will start pre-treating roads early this evening with brine (salt/water mix). As early precipitation moves in, treatment will move into salt application overnight and then to snow plowing if/when the situation warrants. 

More information on the City’s snow and ice response can be found below.  

Operational Updates
At this time, most City of Tulsa Friday services remain unaffected. City staff will continue to monitor conditions and updates will be provided as warranted.  

Because certain crews are being relegated to snow and ice response, Bulky Waste pick-ups will be delayed by one week. Dead animal pick-up and illegal dumping operations will continue as normal, and the Mulch Site will remain open. Refuse and recycling pick-up is scheduled for Friday, but service evaluations are ongoing.  

Video Opportunity
The West Yard at 420 W. 23rd St. will remain open this evening, tonight and throughout the City’s winter weather response. Media are welcome in to get video and conduct live shots, but are asked stay clear from all equipment and operations. If possible, please wear a reflective safety vest while on site.

The parking lot to the east or north side of the salt pile is the best place to park and get video. Crews on site are not available for interviews. If you need video of salt trucks/plows, it’s easiest to follow them out of the yard, but please maintain a safe distance of at least 150 feet. City streets are treated based on a set of routes, but exact locations of treatment operations real time change based on need and current conditions.

City’s Snow/Ice Response
The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from the Gilcrease Expressway, L.L. Tisdale Expressway and all arterial (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: 

Crews are assigned to 35 specific routes totaling approximately 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: 

Want to receive updates on emergency weather information and create a disaster plan for your family? Download the free Tulsa Ready App, compatible with Android and iOS systems. For information on City of Tulsa winter storm operations, contact Senior Marketing & Media Relations Officer Carson Colvin at (918) 949-1356.