What are the County policies regarding ice control materials?

In addition to the removal of snow using plow trucks, the county also actively applies ice control materials to prevent the formation of ice on the road or to remove ice that has already formed. Currently the county uses a mixture of salt and rock chips. The salt melts and/or prevents ice or snow on the road. The chips provide an abrasive for better traction with the road surface. It is important to note that salt does not work at extremely low temperatures and there are times in which ice may be on the road where we do not apply salt for this very reason. Also, if high winds are present, often times ice control materials are not applied. When the wind is blowing hard and the temperature is cold enough snow will often times blow across the road rather than build up on the road. If ice control materials are on the road they tend to catch the snow and start the process of drifting.

Winter Driving Tips

  • Drive slower than under normal, dry conditions. A vehicle on a wet road has less traction than on a dry pavement. Winter temperatures compound that problem with the formation of ice. White we make every attempt to keep the roads as safe as possible, sometimes we are unable to keep up with the pace of nature and hazardous areas can develop without much warning.
  • During heavy snowfall conditions and especially if there is blowing and drifting drive only when absolutely necessary and stay on state roads as much as possible. This is particularly true at night when plows are no longer operating. On occasion, although rare, significant snowfall in combination with high winds can cause a road to become so hazardous that the county is unable to keep the road open. If possible we attempt to notify the authorities and provide signs if at all possible.