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Road Crews Prepare for Area Winter Storm

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Crews are hoping to get a jump on the snow before it falls, whether it's getting the plows ready or putting de-icer down on the pavement to help melt the snow before it affects traffic.

The City of Sparks is preparing for the first significant amount of snow to hit the valley floor, this fall.

They're spraying down city streets with a solution that's five times more salty than sea water. It helps melt the snow before it packs and turns into ice.

"We put down about 40 gallons per lane mile," Mike Trussell, Sparks Public Works said.

Trussell is treating the major streets, bus routes, and some trouble spots at higher elevations.

"A lot of streets are very steep, so we get those as well," Trussell said. "We know they ice up and get slick and we have had accidents on them before."

Five trucks could be working around the clock, trying to keep the roads clear.

Once applied, the brine stays on the road for three to five days.

"As soon as we get done spraying the salt brine, we'll be putting the sanders in these dump trucks and the plows on them and we'll be ready to go," Trussell said.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will start putting brine down on the highways Monday night.

They have salt and sand mixtures ready to go.

"When the snow hits and starts sticking on the road, we will have our plows immediately," Thor Dyson, NDOT District Engineer said.

With the possibility of bad road conditions, officials are asking that you make sure your car is ready for the winter and has good tires.

With more large maintenance trucks on the roads, it's important to drive with caution.

"Give plenty of room around the plow," Dyson said. "Make sure that they're visible so that the operator knows, and then wait until there is an opportune time to pass them."

"Please stay back and let us do our job and we'll get you to work safe," Trussell said.

Crews say they hope the brine takes care of the snow because sanding the roads means they have to come back out and sweep it up later.

Sand can also get kicked up and cause air pollution.

Written by Paul Nelson
Here are some tips on winter driving from NHP and NDOT:
 

∙  Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination and plan your route to help avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills.
∙  Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada) or logging on to www.nvroads.com.
∙  Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
∙  Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates.
∙  Buckle up.
∙  Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
∙  Turn off cruise control.
∙  Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
∙  Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
∙  Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles.
∙  Always comply with all posted chain requirements.
∙  If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30.
∙  Keep additional distance from other vehicles.
∙  Watch carefully for snow removal equipment.
∙  Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance.
∙  Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
∙  Maintain a high fuel level.
∙  If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
∙  Be aware of black ice.
∙  If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and make sure vehicle exhaust system is clear of snow.

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