A mild winter is saving the city of Tulsa some big money

Tuesday, January 25th 2005, 10:19 am
By: News On 6

City of Tulsa road maintenance crews say they know we're not out of the woods yet, but they're already looking for ways to put that money to work.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says city of Tulsa crews are ready for winter weather at a moment's notice.

Just three years ago, Tulsa had its second snowiest winter ever. Even though we haven't seen a tough winter, the city still has 7,000 tons of sand and salt on hand and several trucks loaded up and ready to hit the streets.

The city of Tulsa's Public Works Department has only spent half of what it normally does on winterizing city streets. And warmer weather means fewer potholes on Tulsa streets.

City Streets maintenance manager Dan Crossland: "There's fewer potholes, and also, when we have weather like today, it enables us to make more patches, so there's a lot of good gains when we have good weather during the winter."

The city started injecting asphalt into potholes Tuesday. They aim to make 200 to 400 repairs every day the weather is good.