Preparing for winter weather
It may only be early fall, but King County Roads knows that winter is coming. Every year county road crews prepare for the heavy rain, wind, and snow and ice that our region experiences. Preparations for snow and ice begin by determining the routes that will be plowed during a weather event. Routes are selected in partnership with nearby local jurisdictions, King County Metro, school districts and emergency services providers. The final routes are mapped and available on the Snow and Ice webpage. The county’s resources to plow and sand roads have been significantly reduced since the region’s last major snow storm in 2010. The county has resources to plow 15 percent of the county’s 1,500 miles of roads.
Road maintenance field offices around the county are stock piling materials including anti-icer, sand and salt. They check equipment like chainsaws for cutting downed trees and tree limbs are gassed up, sharpened and ready to be used at a moment’s notice.
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