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Transportation Department crews lead agencies in extra pay.

Tulsa World

By GAVIN OFF World Data Editor

Published: 3/29/2010  2:22 AM
Last Modified: 3/29/2010  3:34 AM

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Even before the massive snowstorm reached Oklahoma in late December, Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers fanned out across the state's highway system to prepare the roads.

Then the blizzard hit, covering Tulsa with more than 7 inches of snow and Oklahoma City with 13.5 inches.

"We keep a healthy dose of respect for the weather," said Casey Shell, the department's director of operations. "When they start calling for a foot of snow, that's certainly out of the ordinary for us."

Over the next several days — including Christmas Day — ODOT crews logged thousands of hours salting, sanding, clearing and re-clearing the 12,000 miles of state-maintained highways and bridges... FULL ARTICLE


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