Washoe County crews update plans for winter storms in Incline

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Updated: 12/04/2012 4:31 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County’s road crews have implemented some new snow operation plans for the Incline area this winter.

Washoe County says they will now judge the intensity of snowfall per hour, and repeat snow removal on Priority 1 routes to schools and the hospital as needed.

Washoe County will be servicing the Incline/Crystal Bay areas with operators who have worked the high elevation storms.

When storms are forecast, a Roads staff member at the Incline Maintenance Facility will work to oversee snow removal operations 24 hours a day. All staff working these events have experience in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay areas.

The County’s Snow and Ice Plan for the winter lists Priority 1 roads, known as major highways, arterials and collector streets necessary for schools and hospitals, as the first to be plowed. Priority 2 roads, which are normal neighborhood streets, are next, followed by Priority 3 routes, such as cul-de-sacs and industrial streets.

Information regarding individual streets can be found at http://wcgisweb.washoecounty.us/SnowPlow and here.

Despite the vast area County crews must cover, which is more than 1,000 miles, Washoe County says crews are able to maintain high citizen satisfaction due to outstanding cooperation from the public, and there are many ways residents can help speed the snow and ice clearing process:

•When shoveling a driveway, don’t dump the snow on the sidewalk or roadway as it increases the snow load on the equipment and worsens berms in driveways
•Be visible to snowplow operators by maintaining a safe distance behind them
•Understand that roads will be plowed in accordance with the regional snow plan which prioritizes which roads get cleared first
•Keep all objects out of the road and gutters so they don’t become flying debris
•Keep all drainage outlets open if possible to help control the melt-off from snow and ice as temperatures rise during the day
•Avoid walking in roadways when snow removal operations are in process
•Keep vehicles and garbage cans off the streets so crews can plow the entire street

For more information on the Washoe County Snow and Ice Plan, please visit www.washoecounty.us/pubworks/sno_ice_control.htm or call (775) 328-2187 with general questions.

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