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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Continued snowfall today keeps ACHD crews busy on Ada County roads through the evening; closely watching forecast

Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Winter Street Service crews remain out on the roads in full force with nearly 50 vehicles tending to this afternoon’s lingering snowfall. Crews continue to sand, plow and put down de-icer in areas where it is needed.

With significant snow accumulation, the challenge remains to keep the snow loose and from bonding to the road surface. Warming temperatures throughout the afternoon have helped to break up much of the snow, but conditions remain spotty in various parts of the county and drivers are advised to continue to use caution, particularly when driving on hills or stopping at intersections.

This afternoon and evening

With warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast, the focus this afternoon and through the evening will remain mostly on sanding where traction is needed and an eye toward keeping storm drains functioning properly during any melt off or rain. While de-icing material is still being used in some areas, it will not work at full capacity when diluted by rain.

ACHD will continue to closely monitor the weather forecast and respond accordingly. Crews will be out in full capacity during the evening commute. ACHD is currently running two crews that each work 12 hours at a time and will continue to do so until the storm has passed.

Winter Street Service supplies

ACHD utilizes a de-icing agent and sand as its main winter weather defense. Currently levels of de-icer and sand are ample and more is readily available if the storm persists. So far this season, crews have used 175,000 gallons of de-icer and more than 3,000 cubic yards of sand; more than normal for this point in the season.   
 

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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