Tulsa Sand, Salt Reserve Ready For Winter Weather

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 4:24 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma – There is no winter weather in the forecast, but it's that time of year to get prepared.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been working since last year to get ready for this year's snow and ice. They've been gathering thousands of pounds of salt and sand so they'll be prepared for winter weather.

Martin Stewart, with the Department of Transportation said 40 trucks are ready to clear the road when winter weather hits, compared to just 20 trucks last year.  Stewart said last year, crews had 30,000 tons of salt on hand.  This year, 60,000 tons are being kept at the Port of Catoosa.

"Each year storms are different. Last year we had very little ice and a lot of snow; year before that we had major ice and no snow," he said.

Officials say it's important for drivers to be prepared too. They say now is the time to stock up on de-icer and check your emergency kit. Be sure to keep an extra blanket, gloves and cat litter in your trunk, in case you get stuck.