|| October 8, 2008
|| Doug Bear, Public Information Programs Manager
Kitsap County Public Works
Kitsap County Public Works Prepares for Winter
(Port Orchard, WA) – Last week’s blustery weather serves as an early
reminder that winter weather is on the way. “It’s important for
residents to prepare for winter driving, and to be aware of how we respond
to snow and ice on County maintained roads,” said Doug Bear, spokesman for
Kitsap County Public Works.
Kitsap County is adding a salt-brine mixture to its winter weather
arsenal this year. “Many local agencies now use chemical de-icers to
supplement sand that is traditionally used to help make roads safer during
winter weather,” according to Don Schultz, County Road Superintendent.
Kitsap County is using a salt brine solution on hills, curves, overpasses
and other areas that are prone to icing, the areas where sand is typically
used. “Sand is effective, but is prone to being blown off the road way by
traffic, and requires multiple applications during a snow or ice event,”
said Schultz. “We will still use sand, but the salt-brine mixture gives us
another tool in the toolbox to help during winter storms.”
The question of corrosion always comes up when chemical de-icers are
used. Kitsap County has prepared a fact sheet addressing those questions. It
is available at the link below. The fact sheet also provides a check-off
list of things to do to prepare for winter driving.
The County also wants motorists to become familiar with how crews respond
to winter storms. The County’s snow and ice policy defines the priorities,
and explains property owner’s responsibilities during winter storms. The
policy is available at www.kitsapgov.com/pw/pdf/pw_snowandicepolicy.pdf.
To view the snow plow road priority schedule, click
To view the snow plowing schedule map click