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Posted on: January 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Clearing Streets, Working Through the Night

Public Works crews will continue to work through the night clearing snow and ice following today’s snow storm. Several inches of snow blanketed many parts of the city, creating treacherous travel conditions.

Several teams will work through the night. They will plow snow, apply deicer, and put down sand. The focus will remain on priority transportation routes.

The forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures for several more days. This could create a layer of ice on the snow. Driving conditions may only get worse, especially during the overnight hours and morning commute. Drivers are urged to only go out if they have to.

Crews started deicing roads around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Additional crews were called in at 4 a.m. to start sanding the roads. By morning, 13 teams in all were dedicated to storm response. Duties included plowing, sanding, and deicing priority roads, bridges, and overpasses. Several other teams focused on clearing sidewalks in front of publicly-owned buildings, and removing snow from sidewalks and access ramps. Property owners are reminded that they’re responsible for clearing sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.

The ice-snow emergency remains in effect. This declaration bans parking on priority travel routes. Detailed information on this declaration and priority routes can be found at www.eugene-or.gov/snow

Because of this storm, crews suspended the debris/leaf cleanup from the December ice storm. Those efforts will resume when the roads are again safe and passable.

There are also many tree hazards left behind from last month’s storm, including in the right-of-way and in City parks. People should use caution around trees as branches could continue to fall.

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