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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Overnight and continuing snowfall has ACHD maintenance crews on Valley roads in full force

The overnight snowfall brought at least seven inches of snow to some areas of Ada County, keeping the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Winter Street Service crews on the road working through the night. This morning, all ACHD winter maintenance vehicles are on the roads preparing for the morning commute. Approximately ten of those vehicles are plows, focusing on hills and various roads, including, Gowen Road, Amity Road, Federal Way, Cartwright Road, Franklin Road and areas throughout Kuna, Meridian and Eagle. ACHD has nearly 50 vehicles available for use during storms.

Crews are also busy putting down de-icer where needed and sand to provide traction to morning commuters, however continuing snowfall is creating more of a challenge, causing crews to have to return to problem spots in some cases many times before moving on to other areas of the county. Crews have been out working in advance of the storm since yesterday (Tuesday, 11/30) afternoon. A new crew reported at midnight.

Several area school districts have cancelled classes for the day. School districts make their own determinations on what is most appropriate during winter storm events.

ACHD crews are working as quickly as possible to clear roads; however they cannot be everywhere at once. Because Ada County has more than 2,100 miles of roads, ACHD has a priority system in place when responding to winter storms. Major intersections, bridges, hills and areas around schools and hospitals are among top priorities.

Rain forecasted for later today could help clear snow from roads. Crews will remain out through the morning and continue to assess today’s weather conditions. Drivers are reminded to leave early for their destinations this morning, slow down and allow for plenty of stopping distance.

Beginning in November, ACHD has supervisors working overnight and personnel on-call to respond to winter weather conditions on local Ada County roads 24-hours a day. ACHD also works closely with Ada County Dispatch on requests for sand or anti-icing applications from police or sheriff deputies.

The ACHD Winter Street Service is part of the ACHD commitment to provide the best public street system for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in Ada County.  For more information on the ACHD Winter Street Service visit the ACHD Web site at www.achdidaho.org.

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