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Chip SealingWinter Maintenance 2015/2016

The City of Nampa’s Snow and Ice Control Plan is
designed to organize reasonable, cost effective
maintenance efforts during periods of snow or ice. In this plan City streets are divided into major collectors and arterials, plus streets that serve schools, medical
facilities and major employment centers. These areas receive de-icing, sanding and
plowing first. This assures a street network system so that emergency services can be provided.

The City of Nampa receives an annual average snowfall of 21.4 inches. This plan
recognizes that it is not possible to remove all of the snow simultaneously from all of the
streets. Factors effecting snow and ice control operations include snowfall rate and
accumulation, moisture content, temperature, time of day, night or week, wind velocity,
and the duration of the storm. Priorities must be established so that major arterials and
other collector streets are cleared first in order that vehicular traffic may continue to
move safely and efficiently on the City’s street network.

This plan establishes and defines the following priorities 

Priority One: Major Collectors and Arterials
Priority One routes are given priority designation as they provide a network system for
emergency services operations, interconnect high volume streets and serve as the major
street network within the City. Overpasses, roundabouts and the Underpass on 11th.

Priority Two: Selected Collector Streets
Priority Two include other collector streets necessary to provide access to major
arterials. These routes also include routes to schools, medical facilities, major
employment centers and those streets requiring special attention such as steep hills or
curves, signal lights and 4 – way stop signs.

Priority Three: Residential/Other
Priority Three includes most residential streets and others not mentioned above. Normally these streets will not be cleared until accumulations reach six to ten (6-10) inches in depth. Snow removal and plowing on these streets may be done by contracted equipment/labor or City of Nampa staff as resources permits. In the event of an emergency or an extreme winter snow event, contracted services may be utilized.

After operations on priorities one and two have been accomplished, special requests will
be responded to once the need is verified by the Street Division. The response will depend on resource availability (manpower, equipment, etc.) and backlog of the requests. This includes streets in the city parks and cemetery.

Non Priority: Private Streets/Alleys
Private streets and alleys are not a priority for City snow removal equipment.

•  Plowing is scheduled to begin with an accumulation of approximately 6 or more inches of snow. Superintendent has discretion.
•  Limited sanding may be done during a snowfall because falling snow covers the sand and it is scraped away on subsequent plowing passes, requiring additional sanding.
•  Subdivision roads may not be plowed if parked vehicles or other obstructions interfere with the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment. Equipment will return to plow after parked vehicles or obstructions are removed.
•  School bus routes are assigned Priority 1, or 2, and given special attention.
•  Operators will return to widen roads as conditions warrant. During a major storm, cleanup operations may be on-going for three to four days after the storm.
•  Mailboxes installed along roadways are at the risk of the owner. Mailboxes damaged from lack of owner maintenance, snow load from plowing, or vandalism are not the responsibility of the City. Postal regulations require residents to clear snow in front of mailboxes to allow mail delivery.
•  During winter, the freeze/thaw effects on pavement can rapidly form potholes. Crews will be dispatched as quickly as possible to repair potholes. Temporary materials must be used during winter and may not endure.
•  Any steep streets may be subject to public closure. These streets will be evaluated and re-opened when the operation of equipment is no longer unsafe or a danger to the public.
•  The City will work closely, within our resources, with our local emergency services ensuring that response to these locations will not be affected.

    •  Be patient, be assured that during a snowstorm every reasonable effort will be made to keep roadways open. During a major snowstorm, all our operators and snow removal equipment will be on the road.
    •  Do not attempt to stop a snowplow or obstruct its path. Plows MUST maintain speed for maximum efficiency.
    •  When approaching snow removal equipment from the rear, travel a minimum of 200 feet behind allowing for sanding and abrupt movements. DO NOT Pass unless absolutely necessary.
      Use extreme caution when passing snow removal equipment, before you pass,
    please, honk your horn and/or flash your headlights to alert the operator you
    intend to pass. Do not pass until the operator signals you to do so.
    •  Do not park along snow routes. In residential areas, leave room for plows to get through safely-if possible, park off the street.
    •  Do not put garbage or recycling containers in the street.

    •  Do not drive unless you must.
    •  If you must drive, exercise extreme caution. Driving on snow-packed and icy roads requires your full attention and demands your best driving skills.
    •  Have adequate snow tires or chains in or on your vehicle.
    •  Remember to brake slowly and leave adequate room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
    •  Be patient, drive at reduced speeds.
  • It is winter, citizens also have some responsibility to drive safely according to conditions and to ensure their vehicle is equipped for winter driving conditions.

Traffic Signs, Signals and Street Lights
During the winter months, the crews are kept busy repairing damage caused by the motoring public. Keeping signal systems operating, regulatory signs in place and replacing street light poles and bases. 
Traffic signals are actuated by a video detection system, detecting vehicles at intersections. Due to weather such as fog, snow and heavy rain. There may be delays in the detection of vehicles approaching the intersection. Please by patient.

With these helpful guidelines:

Please leave a few minutes early to get to your destination and...

Please” Drive defensively, and remember please BE courteous.

***Have a Wonderful and Safe Holiday Season***

If you have a concern please call the office or use our online request form.

The Street Division has a staff of 23 and is responsible for the maintenance of 787.40 lane miles of City streets, 57 traffic signals, 9,758 traffic signs and 4,300 street lights. Maintenance activities include chip and fog sealing, striping centerlines and crosswalks, removing snow and ice, and servicing traffic signals and street lights. The Division also pumps excessive storm water, and cleans sand and grease traps in storm water catch basins.

Roads Scholar Awards
Brad Farner, Jeff Kasma,  and Malachi Taylor have received their Road Scholar for fiscal year 2015 and are currently working on the Road Master. The Road Scholar/Road Master program is an intense training program consisting of several courses focusing on street maintenance. The program is hosted by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) and T2. Congratulations!

Contact Us

Don Barr
Street Superintendent

106 W. Railroad St.
Nampa, ID 83651

Ph: (208) 468-5831
Fx: (208) 318-0012

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