Beginning Monday evening, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority crews statewide have been mobilizing and bringing equipment to the Moore area in Cleveland County to assist with cleanup efforts following Monday’s violent storms. This morning, ODOT crews joined with those from other federal, state and local agencies as efforts switched focus from recovery operations to debris removal and cleanup.
Combined, roughly 400 ODOT and OTA crew members as well as 200 pieces of heavy equipment have been deployed to assist with debris clean-up efforts as requested. While the department’s primary focus will be removal of debris from routes on the state highway system, such as I-35 and SH-37, about 60 maintenance workers have been assigned to assist with clearing major north/south local streets in Moore and southwest Oklahoma City. As debris removal continues, ODOT is working with city officials to ensure safe removal and disposal of rubble.
Emergency crews are requesting that drivers avoid I-35 in the Moore area, as heavy traffic continues to greatly hinder first responders, utility crews and other crews assisting with cleanup operations in the area. The public can help the cleanup and relief effort by avoiding I-35 in the Moore area and locating an alternate route.
While the interstate is open, drivers should expect temporary lane closures on north and southbound I-35 through Moore. The I-35 off-ramps at S. 4th Street, S. 19th Street and Indian Hills Road are closed to the public and reserved for emergency personnel. Drivers should use alternate routes if they have to be in the area, but are strongly advised to stay off of I-35 in this area.
In addition to cleanup work, ODOT crews are assisting with traffic control at these ramps. Crews from ODOT and OTA will continue to assist other agencies with emergency operations in Moore as long as necessary.