Tulsa Crews Resume Work On Street Projects After Recent Winter Weather Caused Delays


Wednesday, February 24th 2021, 4:26 pm
By: Mallory Thomas


TULSA, Oklahoma -

The freezing temperatures caused hundreds of water line breaks, which led to torn up streets. 

"Our upmost concern was to stop the water line breaks and get people back in service so what we would do is our focus point was to address the immediate break, get it back filled to a point that there was earth material over the water and move on to the next break," said Ryan McKaskle.

McKaskle is Tulsa's Field Engineering Manager and said workers are fixing those streets, but it's going to take some time.

The city of Tulsa said busy intersections are a top priority. 

He said while the water department crews are working on the water line breaks, utility crews can pick up the road projects that were put on hold. 

“With cold weather, cold climate, and wet conditions sometimes that will hang up the ability to pave, put asphalt down, concreate they are temperature sensitive. Some of our striping is temperature sensitive," said McKaskle.

He said there is currently a list of 55 projects that includes parks, roads, sidewalks, and repairing damage from the winter storm. 

“Obviously we have snow plows that are out on the roads sometimes it creates potholes the water infiltrates some of our streets and will cause potholes or buckling some of the water line the locations where the water line repairs," said McKaskle.

Drivers can call 311 to report a pothole.