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Posted on: February 9, 2021

North Bend Snowplow and Street Treatment Info: Be Prepared for Winter Weather

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The coldest temperatures of the season, along with the possibility of snow, are expected in the Puget Sound region later this week.  With some Arctic air funneling into Western Washington through the mountain passes, high temperatures for North Bend are only predicted to hover near freezing this Thursday – Saturday, with lows temperatures in the low 20s.

With snowflakes prominently featured in most weather apps this week, if/when there is a need for City snowplows, the Public Works Department will work to maintain both primary and secondary City snowplow routes.

SEE NORTH BEND SNOWPLOW ROUTE MAP HERE.


Follow these tips so your streets are accessible for City plows (when needed) to help ensure our roads can be cleared:

  • If possible, do not park your vehicle on the street or in your cul-de-sac - An empty street makes the passage of snowplows and sand spreaders much easier.  
  • Do not attempt to stop the plow truck operators - They follow specific routes and are under the direction of Public Works. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room. [Please direct all comments directly to the Public Works Department at (425) 888-0486 during business hours or (425) 736-7697 after hours to report emergencies.]  
  • Walk on the left side of the road (facing traffic) where there are no sidewalks or the sidewalks are impassable due to snow. Give the snowplows as much room as possible. Our drivers are courteous, but the equipment they are operating are large and complex.   
  • Never shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways into the streets - The snowplows always push the snow to the side of the road. If you shovel snow into the street, it will be pushed back onto your driveway rather than plowing it away. Pushing the snow from your driveway onto the road will add to the pack on the roads, making a hazardous situation.  
  • Pile snow shoveled from your driveway on the right side facing the street - This reduces the chance of having the plow pile the snow over your driveway entrance after you have shoveled it out. Our driver's attempt to leave clear entrances to driveways whenever possible. This is not always possible following heavy snowfall.  
  • Please shovel any catch basins if they are in front of your home - Melting snow can drain into the storm system and this will reduce possible flooding and icing in the street as well as the chance of flooding on your property.  
  • Garbage cans and recycling should not be placed on the road - Keep them on the sidewalk and remove them as soon as possible after they have been emptied.

Note: City policy is to not use anti-icer/de-icer on streets due to the concern for the Snoqualmie aquifer, drinking water quality, and potential adverse impact to public health. The City’s sand has salt mixed within it to expedite the thaw.  It is also City policy to not provide sand on flat streets. 

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