Snow, what you might not know. Part 2 of 3

January 26th, 2016

Snow removal. Phases – Services, Equipment, and Supplies


Today’s post is by Gayl Southard, Administrative Consultant for SafeSourcing.

After a three-week holiday in, Ohio we prepared for three-day journey back to Arizona. We had not encountered any significant weather on the way to Ohio, but learned that our final day would entail heavy snow from Albuquerque to Sedona.  By the time we reached Flagstaff, it was white-out conditions.   As we hadn’t seen any snow removal on the highways until we reached Flagstaff, I was curious how that process was handled.  I  learned the following:

Snow Removal Status – Key Phases:

Phase 1: Alert

What the county does –

-A winter storm has been forecast for the region. Snow crews are on alert and treat roads and designated trail where necessary

What you do –

-Move parked cars off the street, or coordinate with neighbors and/or civic organizations to move cars to one side of the street only. Snow removal vehicles need at least 15’ to pass down a street.

-Be prepared. A three-day supply of food and water is recommended.  Stay informed.

-Neighbors may need your help. Register through you civic association as a volunteer.

Phase 2: Primary Routes

What the county does-

-A winter storm is in effect. Snow crews are treating and plowing primary (red) and secondary routes (blue) only while the snow is falling.

-Roads may only be passable with one lane in each direction. Roads may be icy and have snow accumulations of 2-4” or greater.   Designated high-volume routes are treated and plowed.

What you do-

                -Do not drive unless necessary – roads are for emergency use and snow removal vehicles.

-Help neighbors clean sidewalks on the same side of the street where cars are parked.

-Keep snow cleared from hydrants, storm drains, and downspouts on your home.

Phase 3: Residential Streets-

What the county does-

-Snow crews are treating and plowing residential streets.

-Residential areas may only be passable with one lane. Red and blue routes are being widened to the shoulder.   Additional county trails are cleared.

What you do-                                                   

-Help neighbors clean sidewalks. Snow Removal Ordinance enforcement begins 24 hours after snow stops falling.  Clear driveways and entrances.  Shovel snow into yard instead of the street.

Phase 4: Clean Up

What the county does-

-Snow crews are working on cleanup operations. After treatment and the sun have done its work, crews are removing ice and slush off roads and designated trails.

-Staff is removing snow from schools and county property.

SafeSourcing can research your snow removal needs, whether its services, equipment or supplies. Want to try us out risk free?  Please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

We look forward to your comments.






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