Note to anyone who travels City of Tacoma streets: Make sure to get that car washed after the storm passes.
The City of Tacoma usually spreads a salt-sand mixture on its streets during snowy weather. This year, the city is using 100 percent salt.
“Salt is more effective, and the cleanup afterward isn’t as expensive,” said Rae Bailey, who became public works division manager a week ago – just in time for Snowmageddon 2012.
City crews have been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts since midnight Sunday to clear city streets. As of this morning, Tacoma had all 11 of its plows on the road (the 12th plow’s transmission blew up Monday). It also has deployed three de-icer trucks that are spreading saltwater and a sander truck that is spreading salt. The plows and de-icer trucks do double duty, plowing the roads and spreading salt.
The city has an additional three sanding trucks it is keeping in reserve to use once crews can’t keep up with conditions.
Bailey couldn’t say how much the city has spent on overtime so far. Public works does not have a specific budget to cover overtime costs, so the money will have to be found elsewhere.
As of this morning, plows had not yet cleared any residential streets. Snow-removal crews are concentrating their efforts on the city’s designated primary and secondary arterials.
For an idea of how your neighborhood’s streets rank in the city’s snow plan, see this map.