City of Sequim Road Crews Work to Clear City Streets
Road crews at the City of Sequim are working around the clock to clear snow from city Streets. The crews are working in 12 hour shifts to provide 24 hour service.
During heavy snows, the city crew concentrates on clearing the main arterials first. Washington Street, Sequim Avenue, 5th Avenue, 3rd Avenue, overpasses and school routes (when schools are in session) are the top priorities.
In addition to the two large snow plows used for the main arterials, this year the city is also using a smaller plow attached to a new one ton 4-wheel drive Ford pick-up. The new plow is being used to clear secondary streets, such as Bell, Cedar and Spruce. These roads can now be cleared simultaneously with the main arterials. City Streets Manager Mike Brandt estimates that the new plow will make snow clearance about 25% faster than in previous years.
Crews began spreading magnesium chloride, a liquid de-icing agent, on main arterials, overpasses, and roundabouts last Friday in preparation of the storm. Crews will also utilize the salt truck to de-ice roads if necessary.
There are 54 miles of city-owned roads and alleyways in the City of Sequim, in addition to parking lots and sidewalks. There are also 19 miles of private streets and roadways within the city limits that the city does not clear. The city asks the community to help by clearing snow from the sidewalks that adjoin their homes and businesses.
Heavy snows are expected to fall overnight and throughout the day on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Citizens are advised to avoid driving if possible. If it is necessary to drive, use extreme caution.