City approves annual snow and ice removal plan
'RedmondStreets.com' to be key resource in communicating winter road condition updates
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Redmond City Council unanimously approved the City’s Snow and Ice Removal Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/2017. This plan establishes general policies and procedures that help make travel to work, school, and other destinations within the city as safe as possible. The majority of winter weather operations consist of sanding with plowing when snow levels reach two inches and accumulating. Aside from the Redmond Airport, the City has a fleet of six pieces of snow removal equipment. When all equipment is deployed, it takes approximately 30 to 40 hours to clear the City’s 320 lane miles of streets once the snow stops accumulating.
“We do not have the climate of more wintery locations such as Colorado and for the most part we have the tools we need to handle typical snow events,” said Public Works Director Bill Duerden. “Last year, however, we experienced a couple of larger, outlier snowstorms that took longer for our crews to manage.”
The city encourages Redmond residents and visitors to utilize the City’s www.redmondstreets.com webpage for road condition updates during winter weather events, to view the official snow plowing priority route map, and to learn the status of Transportation Division crews.
During inclement weather, the Transportation Division will make every effort to maintain the traffic flow in the City of Redmond to as near normal driving conditions as possible. City arterials, collectors, school bus routes and emergency services streets receive sanding and plowing priority. This assures each residential area is in close proximity to a plowed street and that emergency services can be provided. Motorists should be aware that a plowed and sanded street does not guarantee the street is free of ice.
The City of Redmond would like to remind residents and business owners to do their part following a winter storm by maintaining sidewalks adjacent to their property in a safe condition for pedestrian use. A special “Thanks” goes out to those willing to lend a hand to neighbors who may need assistance clearing their sidewalks. Have questions or concerns about city roads? Please call 541-504-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.