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Snow & Ice

Snow and Ice on
County Roads

With the winter months and colder weather comes the potential for icy roads.

Pierce County maintains 3,235 lane miles of roadway in unincorporated Pierce County. Approximately 1,521 lane miles are identified as key arterial and lifeline routes 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. 

Pierce County's priorities during a snow and ice event are major arterials, lifeline emergency routes, access roads to highways and freeways, and Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes. If you can get out of your neighborhood and reach a key arterial during snow and ice events, you will likely find a drivable road.

When a severe winter storm is forecast, Pierce County’s plan provides that crews apply anti-icing products to key arterials and lifelines routes assuming all resources are available. 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.

  • Emergency Snow & Ice Plan
  • Online maintenance request
  • Driving in winter weather
  • Snow and ice removal

  • road alerts

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