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Snow is in the forecast for Pocatello and the Street Operations Department is standing at the ready.
Monday morning, members of the department held their first weather hazard briefing of the 2015-16 winter season with the National Weather Service. The twice weekly meetings (Mondays and Thursdays) with the National Weather Service allow City officials to get a feel for the weather that is on the way to Pocatello.
“The information we get in these meetings is essential for our winter storm preparation,” said Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent for the City of Pocatello. “By knowing what we could be seeing in terms of temperatures and precipitation, we can utilize all of our resources more efficiently. It starts with putting the right amount anti-icing material down on the roads in preparation for the storm and continues with maintenance efforts including sanding, salting, and plowing as necessary.”
Recently, officials have also been taking the time to go over the City’s snow removal plan. The plan covers which of Pocatello’s more than 260 miles of roads are plowed and when during and after snow events.
“We are constantly looking over our road count data to know which roads are being used the most,” Kirkman said. “When it comes to snow removal, crews start with our arterial roads first. These are the roads that are the main thoroughfares through Pocatello and are the most essential to emergency services. After that, we move on to the collector roads and end with the residential streets.”
To view the City of Pocatello’s Snow Removal Plan, visit the Pocatello.us/street