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News and Press Releases Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ACHD to begin winter operations training

Garden City -- As the peaks of our mountains are just starting to see white, ACHD is preparing for the coming winter season.

Today (Wednesday, October 10), the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) will begin winter operations training and preparation in anticipation of the official start date for winter operations of October 30th.

The training will include classroom-style instruction, followed by crews checking equipment, receiving more instruction, reviewing safety procedures, and finally driving their assigned winter operations routes. Two drivers are assigned to each route, and each will have the opportunity to drive the route completely.

This annual training is an important step for new employees, and a good "refresher course" for more senior team members.

"We start preparing for winter operations early so that both equipment and staff and ready when the first snow flies," said Tim Nicholson, Deputy Director of Maintenance.

ACHD's current road inventory consists of 5,051 lane miles of roadway and 4,216 cul-de-sacs. The agency has 58 total pieces of equipment, 47 of which are equipped with plows. The addition of new salt sheds at both the Adams and Cloverdale facilities has allowed ACHD to store 12,000 tons of rock salt and a sand/salt mixture. Blue dye will be added to the salt again this year, which lends visibility to the plow operators on the road and helps reduce the risk of over-application and reduces operational costs.

Roadway treatment priorities include the following:

  • Priority #1 -- Arterials, collectors, major intersections, overpasses, bridges, hospitals, fire stations, railroad crossings, school crossings, and streets with a grade of six percent or more.
  •  Priority #2 -- School bus routes as identified by the public school districts, and to support vulnerable populations.
  •  Priority #3 -- Residential streets, including cul-de-sacs.

Current weather forecasts for winter are predicting a mild but snowy winter.

View the video of ACHD snow plows in action from last year.

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