WLOS -- Snow!!! It’s beautiful, it’s cold and it’s often a nightmare when it comes to travel. One of the biggest question we get at the TV station when it snows is a good one, “when will my street be cleared?”
Before storms make their way into the area, local roads departments and the NCDOT are quick to pretreat the roads in hopes of preventing many problems. Once the flurries start, crews will begin their process of clearing and keeping the main roadways clear for those who absolutely cannot stay inside.
Asheville has a total 564 miles of city- and state-maintained streets within the city limits. City crews are responsible for keeping everything from street repair, snow removal and general upkeep.
"We do know at some point over the weekend we will have our folks in working the snow event," said Chad Bandy of Asheville Public Works.
Snow removal service is prioritized by major roads, or First Priority, and minor through streets and residential streets, or Second Priority. Major highways fall under NCDOT and are serviced by the city.
In addition, all city bus routes are classified as first-priority streets.
"If the main routes aren’t cleared, it does no good to get the residential cleared at that point," Bandy said.
So where does your street fall on this list? Click here to find out if your street falls under the category of Priority 1, Priority 2, NCDOT or Private.
Streets are cleared down the list--Priority 1, Priority 2, NCDOT and Private--and are divided into districts: Central, East, Mountain, North, South 1, South 2, West 1 and West 2.
Bandy says his crews are ready to work all weekend, until roads are clear.
Right now, the plan is to begin brining the roads in Asheville on Friday.
Then, salt will be used on the roads once the snow actually starts falling.
For those in Henderson County, the city has four trucks with snow plow blades and salt/sand spreaders, two trucks with snow plow blades, plus numerous small tractors with scrape blades.
The city is divided into five zones. Operators are assigned zones with maps of those areas showing which streets to maintain.
Priorities for snow/ice removal include: streets around emergency facilities (Pardee Hospital, Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement), major connecting streets, minor connecting streets, and then residential streets.
Residents and businesses are asked to not park vehicles on the street if a snow storm is predicted. Cars and trucks that are parked on the street greatly inhibit and sometimes prevents our ability to push snow off of the street.
City crews rely on the Police Department to notify them of dangerous or icy conditions in most situations. Conditions are surveyed to determine appropriate response.
If you have questions about snow removal in your area, check your city website. Not only can you usually find the snow removal plan, you can usually get updates that can answer many concerns.
As always, if you can stay how and just enjoy the snow from your own neighborhood, please do.