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WYDOT Outlines Snow Clearing Plan

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Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have explained their “game plan” in the event of winter driving conditions this year.  In addition to man power and plowing, WYDOT utilizes several different chemical mixtures –both before and after snow storms– and the traditional sand/salt mix to maintain safe road conditions.  When snowfall can be predicted, some of these chemicals are applied to roads before the storm to help prevent snowpack from accumulating, and to assist with the removal of snow after the storm.  In addition to forestall the accumulation of snow on the roads, District Engineer John Eddins says it helps with the removal of snowpack afterward.  Eddins says the department’s snow removal plan goes into action, creating a prioritized list of routes based on traffic counts.  This plan is divided into four levels.   High volume roads are plowed up to 24 hours a day and consist of interstates and principal urban routes. Medium volume routes are plowed to keep them passable and reasonably safe and are a secondary priority to high volume routes. Low volume routes are only serviced after high volume and medium volume roads have been cleared, and then, only during daylight hours. The state’s snow plan is available on the WYDOT website.

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