2016-17 Regional Snow Route Map for Central Oklahoma Cities, Towns: Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Moore, MWC, Yukon and more.Scroll down to see the same map with all routes in red for navigating throughout the region. Click on the map to zoom in and zoom out.
Regional Snow Routes
Although wintry weather is infrequent in Central Oklahoma, it is not uncommon for the region to receive its fair share of winter precipitation. In an effort to improve public safety and avoid crashes attributed to winter weather, multiple municipal, county and state-wide entities and agencies work together to develop a comprehensive annual OCARTS Regional Snow Routes map that highlights the best route choices for motorists when inclement winter weather strikes. The designated routes are considered to be the highest priority roadways and are to be the first roads to have resources directed to during snow and ice storms.
City and county leaders from across the greater metropolitan area worked for several months to develop a regional map that highlights the best route choices for motorists when inclement winter weather strikes.
Organized by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and focusing on the Oklahoma City Area Regional Transportation Study (OCARTS) area, the snow route identification process involved the interaction of multiple municipal entities and agencies, including four counties, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. A total of 16 communities have specific snow routes defined on the map. All entities and agencies worked cooperatively to address “gaps” in coverage between municipalities.
The end result is a Central Oklahoma Snow Routes Map (PDF; updated 12/7/15) that showcases the roadways individual communities consider highest priorities during snow and ice storms. The management of roadways may include the spreading of abrasives (sanding), anti-icing applications (salt and chemicals) as well as snow removal and clearance (plowing).
The impetus for the map and process came from a regional desire to improve public safety and avoid accidents. The map is not absolute. It does not reflect potential shortcomings in mechanization, manpower, remediation supplies or time. For example, snowfall can occur so rapidly roadway treatment and clearance may not be able to counter at an equitable rate. As such, the routes on the map indicate the roadways that municipalities realistically intend to first direct resources. It does not guarantee that the streets will be clear.
Ultimately, motorists are encouraged to observe winter driving rules and to only drive on snow and ice covered roads when necessary. The snow routes presented are the best routes to take if and when drivers are out in a severe winter weather event.