Below is the latest information for Monday, February 11:
- The City continues to keep all five plows with sanders busy. These extended events are taxing on our equipment and resources, including staff. This is one of the longest snow events that public works has dealt with in 20 years! Thank you to our public works team for all your hard work.
- Crews have been working around the clock 8 of the last 9 days and continue to do so. With temperatures rising slightly this afternoon, crews have been focusing on trying to get as much slush off of the priority routes as quickly as possible. However, ground temperatures are still very cold which means we can’t get everything cleared off the roadway surface due to some of it being frozen. If the weather continues to give us a break with no additional snow accumulation, we are hoping to be able to address school bus routes through the evening and night time hours. However, we always have to keep an eye on SR410 and the arterials because with nighttime comes freezing temperatures and icy conditions on priority routes must be dealt with immediately.
- When needed, WSDOT will continue to assist as best they can with applying a sand/salt mix on SR410 as they pass through and we’ll continue plowing and applying sand according to our established routes. We, as well as many other jurisdictions, are still awaiting delivery of rock salt products. Unfortunately beyond our control, the vendor has pushed delivery of the rock salt product out to Thursday or Friday due to a huge backlog of orders. In the meantime, we are increasing our stockpile of sand.
- The number one question we receive is when is the city going to plow our street? With only 5 plows and over 170 lane miles, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to reach every neighborhood before the road conditions improve naturally. Our crews focus on priority routes first (red and purple on the route map), move into other main arterial and collector streets (orange), steep slopes (yellow) and then local access roads (green). We appreciate your patience as our crews work tirelessly to make their way around the city. However, if you need to report a road concern, please call 253-862-8602 during business hours or after hours call police dispatch at 253-841-5431. Here is a link to the Snow and Ice Route Map: http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/UserFiles/File/Maps/SnowIceControl.pdf.
- Garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up service: DM Disposal is suspending all regular Monday services, and weather permitting, will implement a Holiday Schedule for the remainder of the week; Monday will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday collected on Wednesday, and so on through Saturday. Additionally, in the interest of public health, DM Disposal is suspending residential yard waste collection services for the week so that each of their 83,000 residential customers throughout our various service areas may have their garbage collected this week. Additional accumulation of residential yard waste material will be collected when normal collection services resume next week. For information, visit https://www.murreysdisposal.com/.
- For the latest weather updates, visit www.weather.gov/sew.
Residents and drivers can help by:
- With warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast, this mixture of weather can cause the snow to melt quickly and potentially cause localized flooding. As a preventive measure, please help clear the storm drain near your home so the melting snow and rain can make it down the drain.
- 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. Check on your neighbor’s to ensure everyone’s safety. 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.