The Edmond Sun

February 12, 2012

ODOT starts sanding metro roadways


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — ODOT crews in western parts of the Oklahoma City metro area are applying sand and salt to roadways and bridges as light snow begins to move into the area Sunday night. Drivers are asked to drive with caution as slick spots are anticipated overnight as winter precipitation moves across the state.  

Crews in western Oklahoma continue to report slick and hazardous road conditions and are applying sand and salt to roadways and bridges and plowing areas of snow accumulation, according to ODOT.

In the remainder of the state, crews continue to monitor changing conditions and will begin applying sand and salt to roadways and bridges as needed, the roads agency stated.

Drivers statewide are advised to stay cautious as temperatures are expected to decrease overnight and into the early morning hours. Morning commuters should plan for additional travel time and be alert for slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses.

During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:

• Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.

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

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

To check current road conditions, call the Department of Public Safety’s Road Conditions Hotline at 888-425-2385. To check Oklahoma turnpike conditions, call 877-403-7623 or go online to pikepass.com.

Regional road conditions may be assesed by calling the following state nubers:

• Arkansas — 800-245-1672 or online at arkansashighways.com;

• Colorado — 303-639-1111 or online at cotrip.org;

• Kansas — 866-511-5368 or online at 511.ksdot.org;     

• Missouri — 800-222-6400 or online at modot.org;

• New Mexico — 800-432-4269 or online at nmroads.com; and

• Texas — 800-452-9292 or online at txdot.gov.