ACHD preps for winter

Posted at 10:22 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 00:22:35-05

Many remember "Snowpocalypse" two years ago. Ada county Highway District worked to prep the roads and plow snow, but the snow kept coming and coming and coming.

"Since then we have beefed up our equipment and what we have to handle snow storms," Natalie Shaver, Ada County Highway District.

"Our crews are ready. If they're on call, they know that they can get that phone call at anytime to go out and take care of the roads."

Shift supervisors work with the national weather service to know when a storm is coming.

"They're the ones that make the calls if we send the guys out, who goes out where. It just depends on what we're seeing. What's happening in Boise might be different than Kuna. If we know it's going to snow and we're expecting that, before that happens we do pre-treatment so that's the magnesium chloride which apply to the roads when the temperatures are right so it's effective."

Snow plows, pickup trucks, loaders, graders to help get snow off the roads. ACHD has added more equipment and this year there's a new salt shed in Boise.

"So we have a full stock of salt, magnesium chloride and sand on hand right now."

They say when the time comes the community can get from point a to point b.

"That's what we're here for. Our whole point is to make sure that people in Ada County can get where they want to go and that they can do it safely."