ACHD crews have prepared the major roads for the storm expected Wednesday
and Thursday with anti-icer, and will be ready to plow, sand and deice as
needed, depending on the amount of snowfall. The amount of snow/rain and the
timing of the storm remains a moving target.
Here's where things stand after a month of snow
fall and cold not seen since the 1940s, according to the National Weather
- Plowing and treating arterial (big) roads, collectors (mid-sized),
major intersections, overpasses and bridges, hills and the areas around
hospitals, schools, fire stations and railroad crossings is complete. ACHD's goal is
to finish work within 24 hours of the end of the storm.
- Plowing of school routes -- done. The target here is within 36 hours
of the storm's end.
- Residential area plowing will be done within three or four days of
of the storm -- or earlier as progess allows. Nearly all of the
residential thru streets have been plowed, and most all of the cul-de-sacs have been treated.
Because of the close quarters, the cul-de-sacs may only receive a single
pass with a grader, so residents should expect a bit of a bumpy path to
the smoothed area.
ACHD has run its entire snow response fleet nearly round-the-clock for the last
- 37 plow trucks
- 5 road graders (bigger plows)
- 14 anti-icing units (when needed)
- 2 front-end loaders
- Up to 14 road graders from construction contractors
- Additionally, Boise City has provided plow pickups to assist
ACHD crews, and the City of Kuna is clearing downtown streets with two
backhoes and a small loader.
- The City of Meridian and Boise are clearing sidewalks, and looking
to clear storm drains. Boise has contractors clearing parking spaces on
downtown streets. Contractors for Meridian continue to clear
neighborhood streets with front-end loaders, and city firefighters have
unplugged major storm drains.
- The Idaho Transportation Department has assisted in snow removal at
the intersections of local roads and state highways – Chinden Boulevard,
Glenwood Street, etc.
Additionally, ACHD has issued some 60, no-charge permits to contractors hired by
neighborhoods to clear streets in advance of the District’s plowing. Click
here for a permit application.
Flooding concerns: Looking ahead, slightly warmer temperatures
and melting snow has raised concerns about potential flooding.
The District is working with Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Ada County, Ada
County Emergency Management. Thus far, most of the issues seem to be more spot
ponding issues instead of widespread inundation.
ACHD has five vacuum trucks to suck up puddles and ponds, 37 plows to open
snow berms, 5 backhoes to dig out clogged drains and 17 vacuum sweepers, which
can be used to suck up water. Boise, Meridian are Garden City have pledged
five vacuum trucks – two, two and one – respectively, if flooding exceeds
the current expectation.
The District’s priorities for addressing water problems will be:
- Safety issues
- Property protection
- Nuisance water – ponding that doesn’t threaten lives or property
The public also has a role to play in the prevention of flooding, as ACHD
asks for help in clearing blocked storm drains. The District has released a
map of drain locations. During the past week, many residents have
shoveled snow into streets, blocking gutters and drains -- and ACHD's plowing
has also covered many of these inlets. Those drainage systems will only work
if there’s a clear path for the water to flow.
See map of storm drain locations
“Help us help you,” said Tim Morgan, ACHD Deputy Director of Maintenance.
“A little more shovel work can keep your property dry and help the overall
“And please don’t shovel into the street,” he continued. “We have a lot
of stored water to drain and we want it to flow freely to avoid problems.”
Background on ACHD's
approach to winter maintenance
Sand bags: The District has received
numerous inquiries about sand bags to deal with potential flooding. Ada
County is providing bags and sand to residents and some city fire and public
works deparmtents are also making materials available. Our partners in some city fire and public works departments are handling the distribution of
any bags, which are supposed to be used only for flood prevention.
Ada County is providing sand
and bags for residents; there is a limit of 10 bags per household, and
sandbags are only to be used for property protection for nuisance flooding.
Individuals will need to fill their own bags and provide their own shovel.
Sandbag locations and hours are Barber Park, from sunrise to sunset, and
Expo Idaho, west parking lot, open anytime. Also, the Eagle, Kuna, Meridian
and Star fire departments are also distributing bags to city residents. Get
For further information, call:
- Star – Fire Department, 286-7772
- Eagle – Fire Department, 939-6463 (Bags, sand and shovels available
at Fire Station No. 1, 966 Iron Eagle Dr. Limit: 10 bags)
- Meridian – Fire Department, 888-1234. Residents must fill their own
sand bags. (From Noon to 8 p.m., 10 bag limit.)
- Kuna – Fire Department, 922-1144, 150 W Boise St,
Kuna. (10 bag limit)