October 4, 2013 - As the winter months approach, the County's Department of Public Works personnel prepare to maintain safety on public roadways.
During the winter months, the County is responsible for snow removal along eleven designated snow routes in the western part of the County. These routes are above 2,500-ft elevation and typically take a full 12-hour shift to clear snow along each route. When snow storms hit, main arterial and collector roadways, primary emergency response routes, and school bus routes are prioritized and plowed first. When heavy snow storms require repeated work to clear snow on priority roadways, smaller residential streets may not be cleared immediately. To improve response times in these events, snow removal equipment is stored full time along higher elevation routes, including Washington Road, Scotts Flat, North Bloomfield, Columbia Hill (North San Juan), Cascade Shores, and Banner Quaker Hill. The remaining equipment is located at the County's Corporation Yard located on Loma Rica Drive.
When heavy snowstorms impact roads below 2,500, the County deploys additional pick-up truck plows and personnel to plow these roadways. These heavy snowstorms result in other emergencies such as road hazards, fallen trees, flooding, traffic control, etc,. During these events, every available employee is tasked with snow removal and it may take longer to get to smaller residential streets.
In the eastern portion of the County, the County maintains annual contracts with 4 separate snow removal contractors to plow snow on busy County roadways, including Donner Pass Road, parts of Glenshire Drive and Hirschdale Road, Floriston Road and the Hobart Mills area.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns during these events, please contact the County's Maintenance Yard at (530) 477-6849.
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