With over 30" of snow slamming the Treasure Valley last winter, the Ada County Highway District is preparing for the worst and keeping neighborhoods in mind. They are adding residential streets to their list of priorities. ACHD says they will plow residential streets if there has not only been a large amount of snow but also sub-freezing temperatures and or more snow is on the way.
Their top priorities remain to clear major roadways, areas around hospitals and school routes. A spokeswoman for the highway district says they also purchased eleven new plows that can be attached to trucks and two new facilities to store road salt.
"While meteorologists have said this was an unusual winter it's certainly not what we are used to seeing here. We want to be prepared on the chance that it does happen again. The predictions have been on both side of the coin so we will be prepared should it happen again," said Nicole DuBois with the Ada County Highway District.
In addition to the new equipment and added priorities, they have also hired five more crews member to drive snowplows and added two new routes. Snowplow drivers and others will undergo winter operations training starting next week.