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Posted on: January 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Removing Sand Following Storms

Eugene Public Works is working around the clock to recover sand that was put down during the last two snow events. Over a six day period ending Monday, crews put down 1,200 cubic yards of sanding material on priority routes. The sand helps drivers get traction on slick roads.

“Now that the storm is over, we want to get all of that sanding material off the road,” said Eric Johnson, Surface Operations Manager. “We understand that the sanding material and other debris can create hazards to people who bike and we want to get it off the streets as soon as possible.”

Public Works has five street sweepers to help in this process. Typically the sweepers retrieve about 75 percent of the material put down. This cleanup can be a slow process. Sweepers typically move at about 3-5 mph while sweeping and they have to pick up sanding material from curb to curb. Public Works applies sanding material to about 600 lane miles of priority routes in winter storms, which is defined in the City’s Ice and Snow Plan.

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