Northwest NEWS

February 4, 2002


City road crews stay ahead of snow curve

WOODINVILLE - Once the first predictions of snow were broadcast recently, the Public Works Operations Division geared up with newly purchased snow removal and sanding equipment. The city's snow removal plan was implemented when the snow began accumulating on Friday, Jan. 25. Priority is given to plowing and de-icing principal arterials such as Woodinville-Redmond Road (State Route 202), Woodinville-Duvall Road and Northeast 175th Street. High priority is also given to school routes, bus routes, fire station and hospital routes and roads with steep grades. Minor arterials and collector streets, such as 124th Avenue Northeast and 132nd Avenue Northeast, are second priority followed by residential streets.
   The city monitors weather forecasts from various sources. When snow and ice are predicted, road maintenance equipment and vehicles are fueled and crews are put on standby.
   With last week's weather, crews took proactive measures and applied de-icing to priority roads.
   "Once the snow came and the temperature dropped, we were ready," notes Public Works Director Mick Monken. "We were able to prevent severe icing conditions, perform quick snow removal, and apply sand to critical areas within a few hours."
   No major road hazards were reported within Woodinville city limits. In future events, city residents can call City Hall at (425) 489-2700 during regular working hours to report road hazards such as debris on roadways or flooding on city streets.
   County residents should contact King County Roads Division at (206) 296-8100. For after-hours road hazard reports, call 9-1-1.