ODOT says pre-treating highways would waste your tax dollars

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OKLAHOMA – As winter weather moves into the state, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they’re trying to keep the roads safe.

“We already have crews monitoring conditions in the area,” ODOT spokesperson Mills Gotcher said.

Many drivers have been wondering about how officials prepare for these types of weather events.

“We generally don’t pre-treat,” Gotcher said.

Gotcher says pre-treating the highways is a guessing game that could waste your tax dollars.

“It really just depends on what’s happening and what the temperatures are. It’s a matter of trying to be frugal with what we’re putting down and attacking it the best way possible.” Gotcher said.

So when the storm hits, there may be nothing between your tires and the snow.

“We’ll get there as soon as we can. We’ll have trucks stationed all throughout the metro area, to attack it as soon as it does come in.” Gotcher said.

Until then, NewsChannel 4’s Meteorologist Aaron Brackett has a reminder.

“Anytime you get anything in between your tires and the road, it has the potential to cause some problems. Just a dusting of snow could be enough to cause your tires to slip and that could mean the difference between stopping safely and a crash.” Brackett said.

Stay up-to-date on the latest weather conditions here


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