OKC Street Crews Remain On Standby


Monday, February 25th 2013, 6:31 pm
By: News 9


Oklahoma City street crews will be on standby overnight, waiting for snow to accumulate or temperatures to drop to just above the freezing mark before plowing or salting City snow routes.

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Between 25- 33 trucks will set out when the conditions deteriorate. Crews will work 12-hour shifts (noon to midnight and midnight to noon) until the weather improves. Crews spent Monday servicing the trucks and making sure all equipment is in good working order.

Motorists are advised to take extra precautions for the next 24 to 48 hours, especially during the morning commute.

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Salt is in good supply with about 7,500 tons in stock. A salt truck driver drives approximately 200 miles in a 12-hour shift.

Safety tips:

• Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.

• Stay home if you can.

• Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.

• Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.

• 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?