Highway conditions alert as of 5 a.m. Tuesday

Ponca City Now - February 19, 2019 7:35 am

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews statewide, including both Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas, are on standby and are monitoring highways, bridges and overpasses as a winter storm is anticipated to move into the state today.

Drivers should be aware of changing conditions and use extreme caution while driving, especially over elevated bridges and overpasses which are the first to freeze.

There are plenty of materials on hand for this storm. Crews will be ready when weather moves in and will continue to treat and clear highways, bridges and overpasses until they are clear.

Drivers are urged to check weather forecasts, use the ODOT app or visit www.okroads.org to stay up to date on this potential weather event and road conditions.

  • 516 trucks available statewide
  • 148 salt sheds statewide
  • 220,000 tons of salt and/or sand/salt mix on hand
  • ODOT’s Road Conditions Hotline 844-4OK-HWYS (844-465-4997) and website www.okroads.org

REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:

• Stay about 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

• Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.

• Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.

• Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.

 

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