Plowing and de-icing City streets
A big thank you to our Public Works crew who have been working back to back, 12-hour shifts since Sunday night. Shoreline has 10 street operations crew members who de-ice, sand, and plow our streets. They are supported by three members of our Code Enforcement and Customer Response Team who clear obstacles such as fallen trees, close roads in problem spots, and assist with Police and Fire requests for road closures in emergencies. When needed, members of our Parks and Wastewater crews also help. Shoreline has 6 trucks equipped with snow plows and spreaders.
When snow falls, we concentrate our efforts on arterial streets in order to accommodate fire, medical, and police response, as well Metro transit and school buses. There are 128 lane miles on these primary routes to clear. Once primary routes are complete, we move on to secondary routes. The City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan with snow removal route maps can be found at shorelinewa.gov/stormready.
Our crews continue to work but have now moved to eight-hour shifts in order to give them a chance to rest before the next round of snow arrives, which is predicted to begin Friday evening. Before snow starts falling we will treat primary routes with road salt and/or liquid de-icer. However, this treatment works best when streets are dry. Once snow starts falling, we will move back to twelve hour shifts, working through the day and night plowing and treating streets.