Tulsa city crews prepare for the winter and street woes

Tulsa officials said the city 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 city resources will be available:

  • 67 truck-mounted salt spreaders
  • 47 truck-mounted snow plows (Of the 67 trucks with spreaders, 47 have plows.)
  • 7 4×4 pick-up trucks equipped with snow plows
  • 3 motor graders for use as plows
  • Approximately 9,700 tons of salt on hand
  • 170 employees (including drivers and support staff)

The spreaders are assigned to 35 specific routes totaling 1,770 lane-miles. 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.