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Winter Maintenance Policy
MAINTENANCE POLICY and PROCEDURES
is Stevens County’s policy to provide winter maintenance service to the
travelling public in Stevens County. The
goal of this policy is to provide for safe and efficient transportation within
constraints of the County’s budgetary resources, in accordance with RCW
36.33.220. Winter maintenance activities encompass snow plowing, sanding and
other necessary activities. Minimal quantities of salt (sodium chloride) are
added to county sand piles. The
prime function of the salt is to keep sand piles from freezing solid in the
winter. With regular washing and
maintenance of vehicles, significant corrosion is not generally observed.
plowing operations it is impossible to prevent plowed snow from entering
driveways. Stevens County
acknowledges and regrets this inevitable consequence of our plowing activities.
On occasion, a snowplow may strike a mailbox.
In this case, Stevens County is committed to replacing the damaged or
destroyed mailbox. On the other
hand, because it is an unavoidable circumstance, Stevens County will not replace
mailboxes damaged or destroyed by snow ejected from the plow. Also, it is
important that cars, trucks, trailers, garbage cans and other personal property
be parked off the roadway to allow for plowing.
Public safety is of paramount importance to Stevens County.
Accordingly, it is important that the motoring public keep a safe
distance from snow removal and sanding equipment.
In addition, we ask that the public slow down in the vicinity of our
equipment and pass only when safe.
WINTER MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
calls regarding county road plowing and/or sanding, other than those associated
with accidents or emergencies, should be directed to the Administrative Office
of Public Works, including after hour calls, by calling (509)
684-4548. Emergency calls
should be directed to the Emergency Dispatch Center by calling 911.
Roads, including all paved roads and high traffic/heavily used gravel roads will
receive priority winter maintenance service.
These roads normally require eight (8) to eleven (11) hours to be
initially cleared of snow and sanded. It
is not possible, because of our limited resources, to completely sand Primary
Roads on the first day following a
storm event. A storm event is defined as a snow event yielding greater than two
inches of snow, freezing rain causing hazardous driving conditions, or other
like weather conditions. Additional
plowing and sanding of Primary Roads will
occur on the second day following a storm event provided there is no storm
recurrence. Secondary Roads include
all other gravel roads receiving winter maintenance that are not designated
Primary Roads. These roadways
will generally receive service on the second or third day following a storm
event, depending on the severity of the event.
It is not possible to clear snow and sand secondary roads until all
primary roads have been cleared and sanded.
Non-Winter Maintenance Roads are gravel roads, which because of limited
resources and infrequent use receive no regular winter maintenance.
These roads are marked with signage that states “No Winter Maintenance
Beyond This Point”. Non-Winter
Maintenance Roads should not be confused with “Primitive Roads.”
Winter maintenance activities following an over night storm occurring during the week will commence no later than 5:00 AM. Winter maintenance activities for secondary roads will be accomplished following completion of primary road maintenance. These activities will commence at 7:00 AM.
an evening or weekend storm occur, a partial crew may be mobilized, if
conditions warrant, to provide winter maintenance service on paved primary roads
only. Service to all other roadways
will be accomplished during normal workweek time periods.
At the request of a Law Enforcement Officer directly or through the Emergency Dispatch Center, a partial crew will be dispatched by the Public Works Department at any time to the scene of an accident in order to facilitate safe traffic flow on a county road.