Road crews prep for winter weather
Pierce County is preparing now for winter weather on county roads.
On Oct. 12 and 13, Pierce County road crews traveled their snow plow routes, set up and recalibrate equipment, and review the county’s Snow and Ice Response Plan in anticipation of winter weather.
While it is unclear how severe winter weather will be in Pierce County this year, residents can prepare by making sure their car is in good working condition and putting together an emergency kit for their car that includes blankets, a flashlight, warm clothes and non-perishable foods. Find suggestions for creating a three-to-seven day emergency kit for vehicles and winter driving tips at www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.
Pierce County maintains 3,150 lane miles of roadway in unincorporated Pierce County. Approximately 1,517 lane miles are identified as key arterial and lifeline routes that connect residential areas to service centers and state highways. The level of service these roads receive during winter weather is determined by several factors, including weather conditions, the classification of the roadway, and available resources.
When a severe winter storm is forecast, Pierce County’s plan calls for crews to apply anti-icing products to key arterials and lifelines routes assuming all resources are available. If heavy snowfall affects roads countywide, plow trucks with de-icing materials are deployed 24 hours a day when all resources are available until conditions improve.
The public can reach the Pierce County Public Works Road Operations Division 24 hours a day at (253) 798-6000 with requests for service. They may also fill out a Request for Action at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa.