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RD-BR 2015 11-24 ROAD AND BRIDGE REPORT November 24,2015 Present: Commissioners: Cory Kirsch and Bob Mullen and Road Supervisor, Rory Parsons. Rory Parsons reviewed the road and bridge report with the Commissioners. Montana City Crew The windstorm last week caused trees to fall down on the roadways. The crew made sure the roads were open before going home that night and then performed a cleanup the next morning. The crew is busy with winter maintenance this week. The crew installed the signs on Lump Gulch Travis Creek Roads and by Mendenhall's last week. Boulder Crew The crew helped clean up after the wind storm in the Montana City area and is busy with winter maintenance this week. Whitehall Crew The crew hauled gravel on Robbins Lane. The signs for Robbins Lane have been ordered. They will grade the roads in the valley area this week. An encroachment permit on upper valley road for JLDC has been received. Parsons asked the Commission if the fee should be waived for this permit? The Commission will look at the area and placement of the building before waiving the fee. Gruber has finished hauling 920 cubic yards of chips to the Montana City shop yard. Parsons has approximately 1600 cubic yards stockpiled. Snow Plow Policy Parsons presented the Commission with a copy of the LTAP document on questions and answers for the public regarding snow plowing. Discussion was held on how best to communicate with the residents of Jefferson County when snow storms occur. Parsons will make every effort to keep the crew out to make sure the roads are safe but it does take some time to get to every maintained road plowed and sanded. Call Outs The crew was called out last Friday to plow roads in Montana City. Parsons called out the crew on the Whitetail road as it was icy and needed sanding. A resident ran off the road and into the pump house by Blue Sky Heights. Parsons offered to give the homeowners three pieces of jersey rail but they would need to install it themselves or hire a contractor to install the rail. Junk Vehicles Bullock has tagged the junk vehicles and they will be moved in the next few days. ATTEST: Bonnie Ramey Bob Mullen, Chairman Clerk and Recorder Leonard Wortman, Commissioner Cory Kirsch, Commissioner = Jefferson County Road & Bridge 111 ODYSSEY LANE Post Office Box H Boulder, Montana 59632 SON COO (406)225-4170 / (406)225-4169 Fax ROAD & BRIDGE REPORT TO COMMISSION November 24, 2015 ROAD & BRIDGE DEPARTMENT MONTANA CITY CREW *Cleanup after wind storm last week. *Winter maintenance. * BOULDER CREW *Winter maintenance. *Helped Mt City with clean-up after wind storm. * WHITEHALL CREW *Hauled gravel on Robins Lane. *Graded roads in the valley. Robins Lane signs were ordered. Signs installed on Lump Gulch. Encroachment permit on Upper Valley road for JLDC. Gruber contracting finished hauling chips to Mt city 920 cy. yards. Snow plowing policies. Call-outs. Communicating with the Public Over the years,Montana LTAP has gathered and created General Policies several documents to assist local governments when the -Normal snow plowing shall be conducted during daylight public asks tough questions.Following are resources local hours between 6:00 a.m.and 5:00 p.m.,five days per week. governments can use to help answer these questions. .Upon the discretion of the Road&Bridge Superintendent, Why isn't the city plowing the snow off my road? snow plowing roads shall occur during early morning hours and/or weekends. Winter Plowing Priority List: Districts -The"Department"will not plow snow during high winds, Each equipment operator is assigned a certain area for unless it is an emergency. snow plowing during the year. When need arises,operators •The"Department"will not be liable for any fence will assist in other areas of the County,depending on snow damage that occurs to fences which lie within the County's conditions. right-of-way. School Bus Routes -The"Department"will not be liable for any mail boxes School bus routes are given first priority. knocked over or damaged due to snow being plowed. High-Use Roads However,the"Department"will replace any mail boxes which High Volume Roads are given second priority. are physically hit by the"Department's"snow plows. Other Roads -Paved roadways will be plowed when there is a significant Paved roads that are not school bus routes are given third accumulation of snow. priority. Gravel roads which are not school bus routes are -Graveled roadways will be plowed when there is a significant given fourth priority. Unimproved dirt roads will be plowed accumulation of snow according to priority list. as time allows and upon request. *The"Department"will sand subdivision approaches inside Snow Removal for State Highway or other Jurisdiction the County right-of-way during emergency situations only. -Contract services with providers or cooperative agreements .When necessary,paved roads will be sanded on regular with MDT,Cities,BLM,FWP,or other government agencies. basis at major intersections,hills,curves,etc. Operations .Graveled roads will be sanded only in emergency situations, *Equipment used for snow removal includes snowplows, or at the discretion of the Road&Bridge Superintendent. motor graders,loaders,trucks,and chemical applicators. -Abrasive material used to improve traction once a snow or Why do 1 need remove it? ice floor(or frost)is established will be 3/8 minus graded I've been told my beautiful road. u maple tree is too close to the county material and sand.Rock salt or proprietary products may also Roadside Shoulders and Clear Zones: oL iquid Products:Salt brine,Magnesium Chloride,Calcium used. The concept of a"Forgiving Roadway"is to allow survivability Chloride,may also be used for a variety of applications. of users when driver error occurs.Drivers do become -Applications include: 1.Anti-icing 2.Deicing distracted and vehicles do leave the roadway. The wider and 3.Treatment with abrasives smoother of a recovery area provided,the more a driver has -Snow fences are established in areas to prevent drifting of a chance to recover.This recovery area is sometimes referred snow on roadways. to as a clear zone.The clear zone also allows the driver to see conflicts(pedestrians,animals,other drivers,etc.)and slow Procedures down or avoid collision.The smoothness of the transition jurisdiction roads will be kept as passable and as safe as from roadway to shoulder prevents tire scrubbing and over natural occurrences allow.Winter storms vary in duration correction which can cause roll-over as a vehicle tries to and severity.Officials will use forethought judgment and re-enter the roadway.If attended to,all of these details will skill to match maintenance application to winter storms and provide a safer roadway and reduce liability. allowable budget.As a storm moves in,a likely sequence might be: The American Association of State and Highway and 1. Observe Weather Predictions Transportation Officials(AASHTO) discusses clear zones 2. Apply anti-icing chemicals (AADT<400): At locations where a clear recovery area of 3. Observe presence of snow and ice 6 feet or more in width can be provided at low cost and with 4. Plow to remove excessive snow a minimum social/environmental impacts,provisions of 5. Continue to plow and apply chemically treated such a clear recovery area should be considered.Fixed objects abrasives in key areas such as intersections and approaches. within the clear zone that may be struck by errant vehicles 6. De-ice with chemicals in key areas using care not to which would in turn injure or kill drivers should•be removed use chemicals where drifting snow could cause refreezing. or relocated. 7. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 as well as pray for sunshine. • Continued on Page 4... n winter2015 Montana LTAP 3