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The City is Prepared for Winter Weather

This article was archived on 2/1/2020

Terry Ball, Streets and Stormwater Department Director, and Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Tulsa, held a news conference today to speak about winter weather preparedness. 

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.

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:

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:

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: Kim MacLeod, (918) 527-0164 or Michelle Brooks, (918) 637-8225.