SNOW REMOVAL FOR CITY OF NAMPA
Current winter street maintenance fleet includes only five sanders; four with plows and one deicer truck. This year Street crews have also upfitted a one ton truck with a small plow and small sander, primarily for the downtown area. The Street Maintenance staff of 13 is split into two shifts to provide as much coverage as possible throughout the 370 miles of City streets. Winter maintenance is prioritized and based on the most critical areas receiving attention in the following order:
1) Overpasses and underpasses 2) Signalized intersections and four-way stops and arterial streets (streets with the highest volume) 3) Schools 4) Hills and curves 5) 2-way stops 6) Collector streets (streets with the next highest volume) 7) Residential streets
While residential streets are on the priority list it is difficult to get to all of them. Furthermore, staff receives as many concerns, if not more, from citizens if residential streets are plowed because of the piling of snow on previously shoveled sidewalks and driveways. Plowing is determined by the Street Division based on accumulation, temperature and forecast.
Please remember to stay 100 feet back from the snow plows and sanders, and do not attempt to pass. Drive with caution, if the crews are out, road conditions are hazardous.
Street Division Winter Tips on Safe Driving:
The three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:
PREPARE for the trip; PROTEC yourself; and PREVENT crashes on the road. PREPARE
Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your
windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze.
Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even
floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and
blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.
Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna
or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and
un it just enough to stay warm.
Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if
necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route
and arrival time.
Practice Cold Weather Driving!
* During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
* Steer into a skid.
* Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock
* Stopping distances are longer on water-covered ice and ice.
* Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
* Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
* Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
* Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.
* Never text or talk on the phone while driving.
* Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
* Slow down and increase distances between cars.
* Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
* Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours,
and rotate drivers if possible
* If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver.
Crews have been out since Thursday November the 13th 24/7, through the weekend, sanding and plowing the 8 inches of snow from the major intersections, overpasses, underpasses and schools. They are out today Monday 17th in their continued diligence to keep the main areas and secondary roads clear.
The sweepers will be out in October for the quarterly sweep through the City, and will continue as long as the leaves continue to fall.
The Street Division has a staff of 23 and is responsible for the maintenance of 369 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 Master Awards
Jeff Azevedo, Lucio Rodriguez, and Junior Siciliano have been awarded the Roads Master Certificate of Completion for fiscal year 2014. The 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!
Don BarrStreet SuperintendentEmail106 W. Railroad St.Nampa, ID 83651Ph: (208) 468-5831Fx: (208) 318-0012Staff Directory