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Local street crews work to clear roads

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LAWTON Okla_ Lawton street crews have been working hard to get the roads cleaned up after Tuesday's winter storm dumped snow across the area.

Crews used trucks filled with a salt-sand mixture to melt snow piles before they turned to ice on the roads. That made it a smoother ride for drivers. 

This time of year, Ferris Street in Lawton has a little more traffic than usual, because people want to come through the park to see the Christmas lights. However, Tuesday's weather cut down on the traffic. The snow built up quite a bite, which made it a prime target for street crews.

City of Lawton street worker Jimmy Thompson started work early on this street, using a sand-salt mixture to keep this snow from becoming an icy roadway for drivers. He said much of that success is because the snowfall has stopped.

"You're putting it down," Thompson said, "When snow's coming in, it's pretty much covering it up. So, we're doing a whole lot better."

Thompson said some drivers can be a bit of problem for them. Vehicles eager to get to their destination don't always follow the warning written on the back of the truck.

"We have them coming up right up behind us," Thompson said, "Right on the sides of us. If they stay back and let us do what we need to do, everybody will be safe."

He said that doesn't stop street crews from doing what they're meant to do when weather endangers drivers.

"We're here to make the sure the roadways are clear and safe, that's what we do."

Thompson said about a half dozen crews in the trucks will be out on the streets as long as they need to be, making sure roads don't ice over.

All that melting snow and ice could refreeze Wednesday night, especially on un-treated residential and back roads. So, if you do need to get anywhere, do so with caution.


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