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Posted on: December 19, 2017

City of Twin Falls Taking Additional Precautions to Clear City Streets

The City of Twin Falls is taking additional precautions to clear and maintain street access during winter weather conditions, and it is asking for the public’s help to ensure that street crews can safely clear streets when significant snow or precipitation arrives.

The city has eight snowplows and sanders to maintain more than 630 miles of streets, which must be cleared of snow and ice before being dusted with a mix of sand and de-icing agent. New this year is a salt brine station that will provide city street crews with a much needed de-icing agent this winter. Roadways are plowed and sanded in order of priority that is ranked by traffic counts. For example, main arterials such as Blue Lakes Boulevard, Eastland Avenue, Washington Street, Addison Avenue, Kimberly Road and Pole Line Road are a higher priority because of higher traffic counts, more congestion, and accessibility for emergency vehicles. 

Streets with smaller traffic counts are cleared and sanded after priority roads have been completed. The city does not normally plow subdivisions or narrower residential streets because plows can damage parked cars, mailboxes, and landscaping. However, the city will apply sand to intersections on residential streets when time and conditions allow for it. The city does increases the frequency of plowing on roadways during heavy snowfall, and is asking that drivers yield to snow plow 

Please remember the following while driving this winter:

SLOW IT DOWN: The posted speed limit is the recommended speed under ideal driving conditions. When snow and ice are present, drivers should reduce their speed to prevent collisions or losing control of the vehicle. In general, give yourself an extra 15 minutes during the winter to scrape your windshield and drive slower.

SPACE IT OUT: The ‘three-second rule’ states when following another vehicle, drivers should pick a point on the road and count slowly to three after the vehicle in front passes the point. If the driver passes the chosen point before the count of three, then that driver is following too close. During hazardous driving conditions, drivers should extend the count to five or more.

STOP EARLY AND SLOWLY: Double or even triple your stopping distance - heavier vehicles like trucks require more stopping distance on slick roadways. Also, apply the break gently to avoid losing traction.

In the event of significant snowfall, the City of Twin Falls encourages the following:

DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET: Snow plows eject snow and debris with significant force, which can cause damage to vehicles parked on the side of the street. If possible, please park in your driveway or another designated parking area. This will help city plow drivers clear streets faster and more effectively without damaging vehicles.

PLEASE DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW INTO STREET: When clearing snow from driveways, sidewalks and walkways, please dispose of it on a permeable landscaped area such as grass or gravel. This will help the snow melt into the ground and avoid flooding cause by covered or overwhelmed city storm water drains. Locate the stormwater drain nearest your residence, which is typically located along the curbing or gutters on city streets. If drains become clogged or frozen, you can help by clearing snow or ice from the drain.

BE AWARE OF SNOW MEDIANS: Some streets require plows to move snow to the center of the street — rather than to the curbside. This helps prevent against snow accumulation on sidewalks and flooding of residences and business when the snow melts.

SIGN UP FOR CITY ALERTS:
Please sign up for alerts from the City of Twin Falls by selecting the ‘Notify Me’ link on the city’s website at www.tfid.org 


Please call the City of Twin Falls non-emergency dispatch line at 208-735-4357 to report dangerous conditions on roads or intersections. City street workers or officers with the Twin Falls Police Department will evaluate the roadway and dispatch plows and sanders when needed.