Drivers frustrated after snow routes still covered, clear roads are not guaranteed

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The metro’s emergency snow routes look fairly clear now but it was a different story for many drivers this morning.

Emanuel Gallardo said, “Cars all over the place. People driving slow, it’s difficult. You just have to flip a coin and see what you get.”

Monday morning, Gallardo planned his commute around the metro’s snow route map and thought the roads outlined on the map should always be clear.

However, several metro crews say that is not necessarily the case.

Casey Moore, with the City of Edmond, says, “I think most people would say that this winter has been a little bit a-typical.”

Moore says these routes are where they will focus their first efforts but there’s no guarantee they will be 100 percent drivable.

“This morning, it was zero degrees,” says Moore. “Treating roads doesn’t always work perfectly at those low temperatures.”

In Oklahoma City, crews had to work in groups during the recent snow storms.

Kristy Yager, with the City of Oklahoma City, says, “We have to plow in rows of four or five trucks, so it tremendously slows down our operations.”

Some might argue Oklahoma City needs more trucks, but Yager says the city just doesn’t have the finances.

Yager says, “If it’s just going to sit there 360-days-a-year, it doesn’t make much financial sense to buy a lot more vehicles.”

They stress that you should not let the snow routes give you a false sense of security.

Instead, approach all snowy roads with caution.

“You may not see them all the time,” says Moore. “That doesn’t mean that they’re not out working.”

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