ODOT and local road crews tend to roads ahead of expected winter conditions
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is preparing to spend the next two days clearing the roads.
Crews have pretreated the highways to speed up this process, but ODOT says it still takes time.
There are things to prepare for tomorrow if you need to move,
OG&E says they are putting 3,000 staff in service areas to get ahead of the poor road conditions we’re going to see in the coming days.
And they are not alone – O-DOT has worked hard to prepare the roads.
Several areas, including most metro bridges and overpasses, were treated with brine on Monday.
“Essentially, this pre-treatment under certain conditions helps melt the ice from below. when the ice forms, it can help us treat the area a little faster, but it still takes time,” Lisa Shearer-Salim, spokesperson for ODOT.
But, it is not a panacea. The roads could still become snowy and dangerous.
“Really, they’ve loaded their trucks with salt and sand and are ready to go as soon as the rain expected tomorrow turns into freezing precipitation,” Shearer-Salim said.
Here are some tips from OGE:
Stay up to date with the weather – check the conditions before heading out.
Have your emergency kit in stock and readily available in your vehicle;
Make sure all your devices are fully charged; and
Customers with survival and survival equipment at home should plan now for extreme cold.
And if you have to drive somewhere, be careful.
“Allow extra time, drive according to conditions, definitely leave plenty of space between yourself and other vehicles, and most importantly stay more than 200 feet behind our plow gear,” she said.
OKTRAFFIC.org has traffic cameras you can check for statewide road conditions.