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By: Joshua Timothy On: December 15, 2020 In: Latest News Comments: 0

How does the Public Works Department manage plowing resources?

  • The City has 11 large trucks and 25 light-duty trucks used for plowing.
  • South Jordan City is split into five zones for crews to plow.
  • Based on temperatures, timing, intensity, and forecasted storm duration, decisions are made on which materials (pre-wet brine application, liquid calcium chloride, standard or red salt) will be used for snow fighting as well as the timing of plow trucks rolling out to hit the roads.
  • All plow trucks are equipped with GPS equipment, allowing supervisors to monitor plowing efforts in real time. This data allows for decisions to be made for shifting resources from one area of the City to another, with the goal of clearing streets as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Lastly and most importantly, we have committed staff that train, work hard, and communicate with each other as they are out clearing City streets. Their teamwork and experience lead to roads getting cleared faster while minimizing materials and labor costs.

How does the Public Works Department decide on which roads to plow first?

  • A big picture perspective on prioritization includes deciding which roads, if cleared first, will have the greatest positive impact on residents moving through the City in a safe and timely manner.
  • Typically, the roads that are most impactful to traffic patterns are the ones with highest volume of traffic. Other first priority roads include hills that would be difficult to start and stop if snow packed or iced over.
  • Next on the priority list is residential streets and school and ADA routes. These are drive through neighborhood roads used to get in and out of neighborhoods.
  • Lastly, cul-de-sacs, alleys, and dead ends are plowed. This is due to having the least amount of traffic of any City roads.

How do Utah and The City of South Jordan, compare to other cities when it comes to plowing response and coverage?

  • Cities in Utah, including South Jordan, generally provide a high level of service when it comes to snow plowing. A survey of cities in the West that have similar climates and snow fall to the Wasatch Front show plowing response only after 6” to 12” of snow has fallen. This depends on the city, with some only responding to neighborhood roads after a significant amount of snow has accumulated.
  • South Jordan crews respond after 1”-3” has fallen and continue operations until all City roads have been plowed.

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