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Snow Plow and Sanding Information

When snowfall lands on cold streets, city crews stand ready to apply anti-icer, plow and sand to make driving safer in and around town.

Priority routes are arterials, secondary arterials and collectors, bridges, schools, hospitals and fire stations and are first to be pretreated with anti-icer to help keep ice and snow from bonding to the pavement, allowing quicker snow removal through plowing. Trucks are assigned to a specific location in the City and follow a priority mapping system for that area. Additional information can be read here.

Streets that receive a high volume of traffic such as NE 4th, Sunset, Benson, Talbot, Carr Road, school routes and the main access roads to Renton Hill and West Hill are first priority for plowing and sanding. During peak commute hours, these streets receive the most attention because sand dissipates quickly on well-traveled roads. Secondary arterials such as Union and Duvall are plowed and sanded next and the residential areas receive attention when the primary and secondary routes are completed. During severe weather conditions, high priority areas are sanded four times during a 24-hour period.

The emergency entrances to Valley Medical Center and Group Health are maintained by city crews and are a first priority during snowfall. Crews carefully document each street after it has been plowed and sanded, recording the date, time and condition.

Problem areas that are called in by police, citizens, or other City departments are handled by priority and truck availability.

Road conditions may also impact garbage, recycling and yard waste collection routes in Renton. Hauler trucks are heavy and the City and contractors are concerned with public safety. Find out more information about winter weather impacts on garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection service.

Another important element to remember during cold weather is freezing pipes. Residents and businesses can take several steps to protect water pipes during freezing weather. Before freezing weather it is important that household members know where the main shut-off valve is located, pipes in unheated parts of the house are insulated, and hoses are removed from outside faucets. Underground irrigation systems should be drained. Try to heat all rooms in your home that have plumbing fixtures. Keep meter box lids closed to prevent cold air from freezing the meter. If you have had problems in the past and no other solutions are available, temporarily keep a trickle of water running from the faucet highest in the house. This trickle should be a steady stream the size of the lead in a pencil. Should a pipe freeze, never thaw it with an open flame, as this can cause a fire. Use hot air from a hair dryer, the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner, heat lamps, light bulbs or electric heaters.

City crews do an excellent job of keeping the streets of Renton sanded for residents. Many accidents are caused by excessive speed for the road conditions. It is important for citizens to be cautious at all times, as road conditions can change quickly and drivers must beware.