Streets

Contact Information
Patrick Zellner, Street Maintenance Manager
Renton, WA 98056

This section provides safe and clean city streets and sidewalks to Renton residents, and maintains these properties in the most cost-effective ways possible. This section maintains all curbs and streets and assists with sidewalk repairs.

The City of Renton, as of 2017, has 330 center line miles and 825 lane miles of streets and right of ways. This division is responsible for sweeping and cleaning the city streets and right-of-ways, along with overseeing the street overlay projects and snow and ice maintenance.

Residents and businesses can request maintenance services via Renton Responds. For urgent calls after 3:30 p.m. or on weekends, contact the Renton Police Department's non-emergency number: 425-430-7500, option #8.

Winter Weather Preparation

The city has nine sanders, 10 trucks with plows, three anti-icer applicator trucks. All sanders and plows have been loaded and tested, any issues or repairs have been completed by the operators and our fleet maintenance mechanics.

The anti-icing applicator trucks, which carry 1,600 gallons and a plow have been loaded, tested, and calibrated.

The city has 9,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer, Freezgard (Magnesium Chloride with corrosion inhibitor) storage tanks. The city's vendor is ready if more is needed during a storm event.

Approximately 250 ton of road salt is on hand and over 1,000 ton of sand. The city uses a sand/salt mix of 25% salt.

This division has 15 street maintenance workers plus one night sweeper operator. Several formal training sessions covering all winter operations and anti-icing applications with the drivers and alternate drivers have been held.

All drivers studied their route map books and driven their respective routes so that they are familiar with what they look like without snow. Renton's streets look completely different when covered in snow. This route pre-check helps prevent plow and truck damage when the snow fight begins. The city is divided into five regions and trucks are distributed as evenly as possible, based on the hills and major arterials.

Priority routes are arterials, secondary arterials and collectors, bridges, schools, hospitals and fire stations.

Many of these major routes have been pre-treated with anti-icer as soon as the city knows an event is on its way. This helps keep ice and snow from bonding to the pavement and allows quicker snow removal through plowing.

Once these routes are as safe as possible, major roads through residential areas are next to be flowed.

The 17-person crew is split into two 12-hour shifts  covering a.m. and p.m.

Crew start times are split within this 12 hour period to ensure that we are covered for the heavy commute hours.

  • 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. - 5 a.m.
  • 7 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Drivers are prepared to take over other routes if equipment breaks down or personnel availability changes.

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