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City crews use special mixture to keep roads clear

The City of Tulsa has crews treated roads and overpasses with a new mixture of salt and water, called brine. (KTUL)

The City of Tulsa has crews treated roads and overpasses with a new mixture of salt and water, called brine. And for the first time, Tulsa has received moisture to find out if the new treatment is effective or not.

“I actually I drove about the time it got really bad, and I was surprised the roads were fine, very passable. I didn’t notice any slick spots and I don’t have four-wheel drive,” said Jane Wiseman, who did not have any complaints about the roads.

Crews initially treated certain areas with the brine early this morning and all other trucks were on standby.

“We are monitoring all the bridges right now. From what I’ve seen and heard, from some of our inspectors, the wrecks are mostly on the highways. So you know everything we have treated, so far has been staying dry,” explained Leon Kragle.

He says cities in the northern part of the U.S. use the brine mixture and it has been effective for them. Kragle says the mild winter so far has allowed his crews to work on street projects, like potholes.

Crews will continue treating overpasses and hills with brine, and additional salt application crews will remain on standby.

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