The Oklahoma Department of Transportation once again on Tuesday discouraged traveling because of patches of ice, falling tree branches, and power lines.
Statewide, crews continue to work around the clock to apply salt and sand as well as plow any slush and ice that accumulated on highways and interstates during the overnight hours. Downed power lines and fallen trees are prevalent and pose as obstacles for road workers and motorists. In some areas, ODOT field offices are without power and are operating on backup generators.
ODOT has used approximately 33,000 tons of salt and sand so far with this ice storm. That amount is less than 1/4 of the department's stocked materials, and an ODOT official says this is an amount expected to be used during this type of storm. Crews will reassess inventory and begin reordering as materials are used.
Motorists should be aware that conditions are continually changing, so drive cautiously for the conditions on the roadway. Please allow extra space between vehicles so there is adequate distance for braking in icy conditions. Be alert for "black ice" which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice. Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment. These crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice. They are asked to be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.