Some trucks are already on the streets and others are poised to go as the City of Tulsa prepares for extreme weather.
KRMG news visited the west Tulsa maintenance yard and found Leon Kragel preparing to send out his men and their trucks.
Leon told us they watch more than the forecast. “We’re watching the temperature more than anything” he began.
“One the temperature gets to that freezing mode even if we don’t have precipitation that’s here at that time we go out and we’ll start monitoring our bridges for that precipitation coming in.”
Kragel said the city has road and ground temperature sensors to help them know when and where to send their resources. He told KRMG news as of early Wednesday that was still pretty warm “right around 40 degrees” he said with a smile on his face.
The city sent the following notes on what they have ready to combat the winter elements.
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:
* 62 truck-mounted sand-salt spreaders. (7 more than last year)
* 45 truck-mounted snow plows. (7 more than last year)
* 4 motor graders for use as plows. (1 more than last year.
* Approximately 14,500 tons of salt (5,000 more than last year)
* 170 employees (including drivers and support staff)
The spreaders are assigned to 36 specific routes totaling 1,768 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.