City of Marysville gears up for snow

MARYSVILLE — With winter comes snow and ice, and the city of Marysville is preparing to make sure that local roads will remain as clear as possible.

City of Marysville Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen explained that the city has topped off its sand bunkers and stockpiled an additional 100 cubic yards of sand in a northern satellite location to facilitate a faster response time. He elaborated that the city has also ensured a full inventory of salt and anti-ice and two sets of chains for each of its trucks.

“We only had one set of chains for each truck before, so when they broke he had to try and fix the links,” Nielsen said.

On Oct. 14, city officials and employees attended a state Department of Transportation winter pre-snow and ice meeting in Everett, which Nielsen deemed useful in getting all the jurisdictions on the same page. From Nov. 2-3, the city conducted refresher training for its street crews, during which they mounted sanders and plows and installed chains on their trucks to make sure their skills were still sharp.

“During major events we’ll be able to implement 24-hour operations by running trucks in 12-hour shifts, with one truck assigned to each of the city’s four zones,” Nielsen said.

Within those zones, the city has worked with members of the police, the school district, Snohomish County and the DOT to assign priorities to certain streets. School routes, five-lane roads and main streets like State Avenue, Grove Street and Highway 528 will have primary priority. Three-lane roads, arterials like Sunnyside Boulevard and 67th Avenue, and collectors, which Nielsen defined as means of getting to arterials, will have secondary priority.

“People wonder where that leaves residential roads,” Nielsen said. “In major events, cul-de-sacs will be the last to get plowed. We’ll try and hit major residential roads, but we realize that a lot of people might not be able to get out of their driveways.”

Nielsen added that the city will maintain a constantly updated digital map showing exactly when each route has been plowed and what its priority level is.

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