Current Road Conditions From ODOT
Ponca City Now - December 21, 2013 8:03 am
***As of 7:45 a.m.***
Oklahoma Panhandle highways now OPEN
The following highways in northwestern Oklahoma have reopened following earlier closure due to poor visibility:
· US-54 between Guymon and the Kansas border near Liberal
· SH-3 between Guymon and Seiling
· US-83 between the US-412 junction (Bryan's Corner) and the Kansas border
· SH-23 between US-64 junction near Beaver and the Kansas border
Drivers should continue to use caution and be aware of slick spots on highways and bridges.
Travel is strongly discouraged in the Oklahoma Panhandle until conditions improve.
As winter weather continues in some parts of the state and with low temperatures, crews continue to monitor conditions and apply salt and sand for additional traction, primarily on highway bridges and overpasses. Black ice may have formed on bridges overnight. Crews continue to remove broken limbs that have fallen on some highways due to ice accumulation.
Crews continue to monitor highway and bridges, including I-35, in north central Oklahoma, as precipitation has ended. Drivers should continue to be cautious on bridges.
In the OKC metro area, precipitation has stopped, but bridges and overpasses can be slick and crews continue to monitor conditions and treat as necessary. The northbound I-35 ramp to westbound I-240 and the right lane of westbound I-240 at the I-35 interchange remain closed due to bridge damage from an earlier accident. Repairs will be made as soon as weather permits, and crews estimate it will reopen Monday morning. Drivers must locate an alternate route, such as I-35 to westbound I-40.
Highways in western, southwestern and south central Oklahoma, including I-40 and I-35, are slick in some areas and are being monitored and treated.
Northeastern Oklahoma, including the Tulsa metro area highways are considered slick in spots. Drivers should reduce speeds and use caution on elevated structures.
Eastern and southeastern Oklahoma highways are wet.
During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists need to:
· Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
· Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
· Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
If drivers must travel out of state, they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
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