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It's "Snow" Problem!


Wintry ConditionsKnowing that you will be investing in Idaho real estateyou should probably think about what it's going to be like in the winter, especially if your moving from a more mild climate.

Winter maintenance in Idaho is divided into four levels depending on the storm that occurs, the length of time of the winter weather and the amount of snow that falls. It's always good to check the Idaho Road Conditions before setting out on a winter adventure.

The first level of winter maintenance involves the continuous removal of snow during winter storms in order to keep the roads open and a surface on which vehicles can operate except during severe weather conditions where maintenance vehicles cannot operate safely. The main goal of level one maintenance is to keep one lane of traffic open in both directions and to make some bare pavement available as quickly as possible. Once a storm has passed, snow plowing and anti-icing can continue. At this time road shoulders will also be cleared and sanded.

The second level of winter maintenance includes continuous snow removal during winter storms in order to keep the road open and the surface as safe as possible except when the weather is extreme and maintenance vehicles are unable to operate safely. The main goal of level two maintenance is keep at least one lane open in both directions and to lay abrasive materials over snow covered roads as quickly as possible. The pack left by snow removal vehicles does not require immediate removal and can be left to thaw. When the snow pack becomes too hazardous to navigate, it will be regularly removed in order to widen the navigation area on the road. This work will be completed during scheduled hours or authorized overtime hours. The application of abrasives will be to sharp curves, steep grades, intersections and other areas with high accident potential.

The third level of winter maintenance includes the removal of snow during a winter storm through the use of equipment and manpower. This removal will be completed to keep the roads open except during severe weather conditions when navigating maintenance vehicles is unsafe. The main goal of of level three maintenance is to remove extra snow from roadways and shoulders during regularly scheduled hours. Abrasives will be applied to potentially hazardous areas such as sharp curves and steep grades in order to improve road and driver safety. Some roads will be defined and posted as
Keeping Warmhaving a limited amount of maintenance. Avalanche prone areas will be closed until any potential hazards have been terminated.

The fourth level of winter maintenance involves the removal of snow during a winter storm. This will be done when equipment and manpower is not being used to clear snow in other areas. The roadways may be closed until the necessary equipment and manpower are available. This work will be completed during regularly scheduled hours. Abrasives will not be
 applied to snow covered areas. Signs will be posted to indicate any road closures.

So whether living just downtown Boise or in much more mountainous McCall, you can trust that Idaho will be taking care of you by taking care of its roads. You will have access to all of the great winter sports, festivals, and activities this state has to offer.

 

Kevin Hughes

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