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Posted on: October 18, 2016

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

Pierce County is preparing now for snow and ice on county roads. Pierce County road crews will set up and recalibrate snow-fighting equipment and travel their snow plow routes on Oct. 20. Earlier in the week, they will review snow and ice response plans, and practice chainsaw techniques so they are ready to handle downed trees or branches in the roadway. “While it is unclear how severe winter weather will be in Pierce County this year, we will be ready to respond to snow and ice on county roads,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works road operations manager. “Residents can prepare by making sure their car is in good working condition and putting together an emergency kit for their car that includes blankets, a flashlight, warm clothes and non-perishable foods.” Residents can find suggestions for creating a three-to-seven day emergency kit for vehicles and winter driving tips at www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise. About Pierce County’s snow and ice response

Pierce County maintains 3,235 lane miles of roadway in unincorporated Pierce County. Approximately 1,521 lane miles are identified as key arterials that connect residential areas to service centers and state highways. The level of service these roads receive during winter weather is determined by several factors, including weather conditions, the classification of the roadway, and available resources. “Our priorities during a snow and ice event are these major roads, as well as Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes,” Wagner said. “If you can get out of your neighborhood and reach a key arterial during a snow and ice event, you will likely find a drivable road.” When a severe winter storm is forecast, Pierce County’s plan calls for crews to apply anti-icing products to key arterials. If heavy snowfall affects roads countywide, plow trucks with de-icing materials are deployed 24-hours a day when all resources are available until conditions improve. The public can reach the Pierce County Public Works Road Operations Division 24-hours a day at (253) 798-6000 with requests for service. They can also fill out a Request for Action at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa. Visit www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise to learn more about Pierce County’s response during snow and ice events. Media Advisory: Media invited to Oct. 20 Snow and Ice Day

Media outlets are invited to take footage of road crews preparing for winter weather from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Pierce County Central Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E. in Spanaway. Pierce County Public Works staff will be available for media interviews. Crews will be hooking up snow plows, installing chains and testing the application rates of anti-icing products during that timeframe. Later in the day, they will drive their assigned snow and ice routes in snow plows to become familiar with the road surface before it gets covered with snow. Call Anne Radford at (253) 798-2464 to RSVP. During the media availability on Oct. 20, please call Kendal Willits at (253) 798-4982 or (253) 377-7499 to be escorted through the facility. MEDIA CONTACTS:

Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works road operations manager

(253) 798-6051

bwagner@co.pierce.wa.us Anne Radford, Pierce County Public Works public information specialist

(253) 798-2464

aradfor@co.pierce.wa.us

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