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Winter Weather Road Maintenance Priorities

When Transportation Maintenance receives a winter storm forecast, they divide the workforce into two, 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour coverage on the county road network.

With more than 1,400 miles of county roads covering nearly 1,900 square miles, the county has priorities for which roadways are attended to first, based on safety and meeting the needs of the largest number of people.

As always, providing access for emergency vehicles is a top priority.

For this reason, county roads are generally treated and plowed in the following order:

Priority 1: Major transportation routes with moderate to high traffic volumes. Examples: Beavercreek Road and Sunnybrook Boulevard

Priority 2: Major collector routes (roads that collect traffic from neighborhoods) with moderate traffic volumes and steep roads serving residential areas.

Priority 3: Minor collector routes, urban residential roads, and rural local roads that carry moderate to low traffic volumes. These are plowed during regularly-scheduled work hours when staff and equipment are available.

Priority 4: Urban residential cul-de-sacs and rural local roads with low traffic volume –plowed during regularly-scheduled work hours depending on staff and equipment availability.

Because of the size of the county, it is rare that road crews make it to priority 4 streets.

Once the severe weather is over, recovery may take even longer than the initial response. For example, sand applied during a three-day snowstorm can take up to 3 weeks to remove. Therefore, staff tries to minimize the use of sand and uses anti-icing material instead where possible.

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