Crews used more than 600 tons of sand during snowstorm

November 30, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 30, 2010

City road crews used more than 600 tons of sand to keep Issaquah streets passable during the recent fall snowstorm.

The sand has replaced snow along road medians and shoulders a week after snow blanketed the Puget Sound region.

Bret Heath, city Public Works Operations and emergency management director, said crews plan to sweep and collect the sand throughout December. The department then screens debris from the grit and plans to use the sand again if road conditions deteriorate.

“We recycle as much of it as we can,” Heath said. “We’ll pick up it up, store it, screen it and reuse it, either for sandbags or for sanding again.”

The city Public Works Operations Department deployed sanders and snowplows as snowflakes started to fall Nov. 22.

Crews applied sand sprayed with a de-icing fluid — calcium chloride with a modifier added to reduce corrosion — to Issaquah roadways.

Heath reminded motorists to pull aside for snowplows. Drivers should pay attention to the rearview mirror for the trucks’ yellow strobe lights.

“One thing that would help, if people would move over when they see a plow coming,” Heath said. “Then, we could get the plow on the road, and then we could get people going again and it makes the whole situation clear out quicker.”

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