OKC Crews To Start Salting Wednesday Morning

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 6:16 pm
By: News 9

City crews with Oklahoma City said 27 trucks will hit the streets and start salting the city's snow routes once snow begins to fall Wednesday morning. Crews will drive snow routes around the clock until the weather improves, city officials said. The wintry mix is expected to disrupt travel through Thursday.

According to a press release, city street crews do not plow or salt neighborhood roads or any street that is not on a designated snow route.

Crews said salt is in good supply, with approximately 6,300 tons in storage.

Crews can drive about 200 miles in one shift and shifts change at noon and midnight. Snow routes make up approximately 1,150 lane miles of the City's 8,000 total lane miles.

Learn more about regional snow route maps.

City crews released the following safety tips: 

  • Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.
  • Turn off automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.
  • Give salt trucks plenty of room – stay at least 100 feet behind them so salt won't get thrown on your car.
  • Plan ahead by getting up and leaving the house earlier.
  • Keep at least a three-car distance from the car in front of you.
  • Steer and brake more slowly than usual.
  • Keep warm shoes and clothes in your car.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before setting out.
  • Proceed carefully through intersections.
  • Have a plan if you slide off the road – who are you going to call?