Snow Removal

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December 8, 2016 7:51 AM

Tuesday, 1/31/17, snow plow crews are mobilized

Snow crews are mobilized as of this morning (1/31/17). Crews are working in residential areas this morning and afternoon to plow snow from streets. At midnight tonight, crews will continue to plow snow from streets in the downtown and school zones. Current weather conditions support an around the clock operation until crews have completed all snow routes.

In general, when roads are icy or snow depth is 1 inch, and it is still snowing, arterial streets and hills get sanded or deiced. Plowing starts when the snow depth is 4 inches and it is still snowing with forecast of more snow or extended cold.

The City of Ellensburg provides winter care for our roads. The city is divided into six plowing sections, and there are three priority levels that guide crew’s work. First priority goes to primary arterials and streets which buses use to reach public schools. Second priority is secondary arterials and the downtown core area. All remaining streets are third priority. Under normal snowfall conditions, all roads within the city are plowed using the aforementioned priority basis.

How you can help winter road crews
· Park vehicles in driveways or parking areas off the main streets
· If you don’t have a regular off street parking area, consider moving your car when there is 4 inches of snow, and snow continues to fall.
· Maintain snow removal of your sidewalks, and driveways. People who push snow from a parking lot onto public rights-of-way may be fined $250 plus the cost of snow removal

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