The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 25, 2013

Clearing the way: Crews focus on keeping key streets free of snow

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — As city crews continue to work to clear snowfall from essential roads, officials are reminding area drivers to keep safety a priority.

Jim McClain, city of Enid Public Works director, said people should avoid traveling on roads that have not been cleared, and urged drivers to exercise some simple safety precautions:

• Don’t get out and drive on snow-covered roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.

• If you must drive in inclement weather, allow plenty of time to reach your destination and drive at a safe speed.

• Always let someone know where you going when driving in bad weather, and let them know when you arrive.

• Do not follow snow plows or equipment closer than 100 feet.

City crews clear roads along pre-designated snow-plowing routes.

McClain said the plowing routes include designated arterial streets and streets leading to facilities that are a priority for access by emergency services, such as hospitals, schools and nursing homes.

Those routes will receive attention from the city’s plowing assets, which include four graders, four backhoes, four plows and trucks, and three large skid loaders.

McClain said the city does not have the equipment and manpower to clear the more than 400 miles of city streets in Enid, and has to focus its efforts on the snow-plowing routes.

“Each storm is attacked differently, depending on a number of factors,” including the moisture content of the snow, wind and ground temperatures, McClain said.

“We have to take the information we have available once the snow falls, and then attack the storm appropriately,” he said.

The city’s snow-plowing routes can be viewed online at www.enid.org/index.aspx?page=749.