FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||December 12, 2008
Public Information Programs Supervisor
|| Kitsap One, 360-337-5777
County Road Crews Prepare For The Storm
(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County road
crews moved to round-the-clock shifts this morning in preparation for the
winter storm expected to begin later today. “Our equipment is ready, we
have a good stockpile of materials, and our crews are prepared,” said
Don Schultz, Road Superintendent.
The County has 24 large trucks equipped for sanding and plowing, eight
smaller trucks for targeted snow and ice removal operations, and five road
graders that augment the other equipment. Operations preceding the storm
focuses on applying a salt-brine mixture that is designed to help prevent
snow and ice from adhering to the pavement. “We’ve been putting
salt-brine down this week in anticipation of the storm, and we’ll
continue that this morning,” said Schultz. Drivers are reminded to stay
at least 200 feet behind snow and ice removal equipment.
The county uses a strategic snow and ice plan to prioritize which areas
receive attention first. Primary roads and arterials receive the initial
efforts. “Crews work on the primary roads and arterials until they are
cleared,” said Schultz. Often times crews are on these roads for the
first day of the storm event, and sometimes longer when snow continues.
“After the primary roads are cleared we move to secondary roads,”
added Schultz. Only when both primary and secondary roads are cleared do
crews move to residential streets.
The complete snow and ice control policy, along with a map that
identifies primary and secondary routes, is available at www.kitsapgov.com/pw/snowplow.htm.
You’ll also find information about the salt-brine application on the
same web site.
“Crews follow the priority plowing plan and are aware that all roads
need plowed during winter storm events,” according to Doug Bear, Public
Works spokesperson. “Calling Public Works to say your road needs plowed
won’t result in a deviation from that plan,” said Bear.
The Road Report (www.kitsapgov.com/pw/roadwork.htm)
offers the best way for residents to stay informed of where crews are
working. The report is frequently updated during storms to let residents
know when crews are working on primary routes, when they move to secondary
routes, and when we move to residential streets. The Road Report also
lists roads closed by inclement weather, and alerts motorists to any
detours or other problems on County roads. When you sign up for The Road
Report updates are sent to your email address automatically during storms.
Always use care and caution when driving in winter weather. The
Washington State Patrol has put together a great guide with tips to
prepare for winter weather, and tips for driving on snow and ice. You can
find that information at www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/docs/equipmt/wintwise.pdf.