The Transportation Department works to keep streets passable during icy and/or snowy weather. The departent begins preparing early for the snow season by getting snow equipment ready, stockpiling supplies and training staff for emergency response.
During a snow storm, city crews work round the clock to plow streets. Designated priority routes are cleared first to accommodate fire, medical and police response, as well as transit, school buses and commuter traffic. If snowfall is continuous, priority streets may require repeated plowing and sanding. Once priority routes are clear, crews then work to clear other neighborhood streets.
Prior to a predicted event, crews sometimes treat streets with calcium magnesium acetate, an environmentally friendly product that prevents ice from adhering to the pavement.
To report hazardous road conditions, call Operations and Maintenance at 425-452-7840.