City debris sweep continues – two more to come

Saturday, 26 January 2008
The City’s storm debris contractor, Storm Reconstruction Services (SRS), continues to make its first citywide pass to haul away tree debris from last month’s historic ice storm. On Friday, January 25, SRS had 134 total trucks working in all three zones of the city: one north of 11th Street, another between 11th and 51st streets, and a third south of 51st Street. This includes 100 hauling trucks and 34 tree-trimming trucks.

The monitoring contractor, Solid Resources Inc., is working alongside SRS with 100 collection monitors, 14 disposal site monitors, nine field supervisors and 34 monitors for the tree-trimming trucks. Friday was the 19th day in a 60-day contract, which likely will be extended because the amount of debris has exceeded the original estimate of 800,000 cubic yards. A current estimate of total debris is between 2.5 million and 3 million cubic yards.

SRS and the monitoring contractor will complete one full pass of the entire city before returning anywhere for a second pass. Likewise, a third citywide pass will not begin until a second citywide pass has been completed. Most hazards to residents will be eliminated by the end of the first pass. The contractor will return with different equipment as needed to collect any debris remaining after the first pass.

On Thursday, January 24, SRS hauled 71,153 cubic yards of debris in 1,502 truck loads. This brings the cumulative total to 880,767 cubic yards in 18,777 truck loads. That is enough to fill 1.6 downtown Williams Center Towers. Cost of the operation so far is $3,338,108, or $3.79 per cubic yard. A map of work zones and debris-removal progress is being updated daily and can be viewed on-line at

Tulsa residents are requested to remain patient during this large-scale debris removal operation. Crews are working seven days a week from sun-up to sun-down to accomplish this task. Also to expedite the process and for their safety, residents should not park on streets where debris is piled on curbs or drive near collection trucks that are loading debris.

TFR Inc., the grinding contractor, continues to mulch debris at Johnson Park, 61st Street and Riverside Drive , and at another debris storage site at East Latimer Street and North 89th East Avenue. Mulch quantities will be measured when trucks begin to haul it from the storage sites.

City of Tulsa residents who would like to dispose of tree debris may take it to the City’s green waste site at 10401 E. 56th St. North between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Wood chips and firewood also are available for anyone to haul away.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 January 2008 )