Tahlequah Daily Press

January 22, 2014

Tahlequah city council OK’s street commissioner’s ice, snow plan

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah city councilors on Tuesday approved Street Commissioner Mike Corn’s plan for clearing roads of ice and snow.

Corn’s plan separates high-capacity streets from collector and residential streets.

Arterial streets include Muskogee Avenue, Grand Avenue, College Avenue, Water Avenue and Bluff Avenue running north and south; and Fourth Street, Choctaw and Ross streets, Downing Streets, and Allen Road running east to west.

Corn said arterial streets will be the first roads cleared, along with those around hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other emergency facilities. Collector streets will be targeted when arterials have been adequately treated.

The plan also divides the city into four quadrants from the intersection of Muskogee and Downing streets. Crews will work collector and residential streets from the Muskogee-Downing intersection outward.

According to the plan, the city does not remove snow or ice from sidewalks or other public walkways; instead, that responsibility lies with the abutting property owner.

Corn said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will continue to be responsible for treating state highways, bypasses and spurs around the city.

The city’s street commissioner, along with the street superintendent, police chief and emergency management director, can determine when “emergency situations” arise and a change is necessary.