City of Bonney Lake Public Works crews are gearing up for the impending snow storm. The City has five plows with sanders and one truck with anti-icer ready to deploy.
Crews started applying anti-icer along priority roads and areas with steep hills with bare asphalt this morning. Anti-icing is a proactive approach taken to decrease the likelihood of snow and ice bonding to a pavement surface. Anti-icing involves placing a layer of brine on the surface of the pavement before a winter storm has begun. If you are interested in learning more about anti-icing, the American Public Works Association has a helpful “Brine Fact Sheet” at https://www.apwa.net/MYAPWA/About/News___Media/Public_Works_Fact_Sheets/MyApwa/Apwa_Public/About/News___Media/Public_Works_Fact_Sheets.aspx?hkey=9d123d48-ebc7-48bc-940c-692cda8c1730.
The City has ordered a large quantity of salt and expects to receive that soon. As you can imagine, this is a very popular commodity right now with many local jurisdictions waiting for deliveries as well. As soon as this arrives, crews will begin application of a sand/salt mixture to help control ice on the roadways. In the meantime, please be patient and drive carefully!
City staff snow removal plan:
City Public Works crews will clear snow from priority roads first. Priority roads are shown here (http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/UserFiles/File/Maps/SnowIceControl.pdf) and include SR410 and the arterials extending from SR410. We try to have all roads cleared as quickly as possible. Priority roads take precedence over residential and dead-end streets. These streets will be cleared when conditions allow. Generally snow plowing and sanding starts when snow begins to accumulate on paved surfaces. Sand is generally applied to any prioritized areas where icy conditions exist.
Residents and drivers can help by:
- Park all vehicles, trailers, and boats off of streets until the snow is removed. Ridges of snow pushed up by snow plows around vehicles parked on streets will freeze. This can prevent or slow down future snow removal and may cause accidents when any vehicle hits them.
- Give sand trucks and snow plow vehicles plenty of room. Don’t follow too closely – equipment could slide sideways or backwards at any time. Don’t pass these vehicles if you can avoid it. Be patient.
- Drive Defensively. Sand trucks will generally only be used on hills and intersections. Other areas will remain icy. Slow down and increase distance from the vehicle in front of you. Four wheel drive vehicles may help gain traction initially; but once you start sliding, are no better than any other.
- Clear snow from sidewalks in front of your house or business as soon as possible, but not later than 12 hours after snow has ceased to fall. This is to prevent the snow from turning to ice in front of your house creating a hazard for pedestrians or forcing them to walk in the street.
- Do not place snow removed from driveways or sidewalks onto the street.
- Aim snow blowers into front yards away from sidewalks, the landscape strip and the street. Ice and rocks, as well as powder snow are blown out many feet. This material can hit parked or passing cars, which can cause damage to those vehicles as well as possible accidents. Also, snow blown onto the street will freeze and become a slick spot, which may easily cause accidents.
- Place snow shoved into your driveways by snow plows onto the area between your sidewalk and curb, the landscape strip; but not into the street or gutter. Otherwise, if this pile of snow is shoved back into the street, it will freeze and become hidden by new snow. Then, when snow plows or other vehicles hit that pile of ice, they can be shoved back into the traffic lanes and can easily hit passing or parked cars. Also, placing this snow into the gutter will slow down or block drainage causing flooding when the snow melts.
- Volunteer your services. Help your neighbors who can’t clear their own driveways and sidewalks.
- Remove snow from around fire hydrants near your home. Can help save lives and property.
- Clear snow from around mailboxes. Sometimes snow plow crews do not get snow plowed all the way to the curb and block the mailbox. Clearing this snow will help keep mail delivery vehicles from blocking traffic and help prevent accidents for mail deliverers and residents alike.
If you have any questions, please call the City of Bonney Lake during business hours at 253-862-8602 or to report a road concern afterhours call police dispatch at 253-841-5431. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CityBonneyLake.