The city has over 150 centerline miles of streets which it is responsible for maintaining or developing. The Engineering Division and the Street Maintenance Division share the construction and maintenance responsibilities which include traffic signals, streetlights, guardrails, barricades, pavement surfaces, right-of-way (shoulders, islands, etc.), and street sanding during inclement weather.
City Crews Prepare for Winter Weather
For city crews, winter weather often translates into spending long hours in sanding trucks creeping along treacherous roadways. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of preparation and planning goes into this effort. Every fall city crews gear up for icy, snowy weather. To prepare for this effort, city staff attend an annual “Sanding Summit” where various agencies meet to review the previous year’s activities, confirm routes, share plans and update information.
There are many steps in preparing for the inclement weather including the ordering of hundreds of yards of sand, inspecting equipment, loading sanders onto trucks, making certain the vehicles with chains, and review safety procedures and winter driving techniques. Then we’re ready! Click here to view the Street Sanding Priorities Map.
- Since Highway 99 and Hall Boulevard are state roads, they are maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Other streets are maintained by the city. During a winter storm, roadway maintenance is prioritized. In general, streets at higher elevations or with steep grades are sanded first, followed by major city thoroughfares.
- Washington County is getting ready for winter by implementing three Snow Zones. Do you have traction devices for your vehicle? Learn more at www.snow-zones.com.
Sandbag Station Ready
The city offers a free sandbag station in the parking lot of the Tigard Public Works Building (8777 SW Burnham Street.) The self-service station is stocked with sand and sandbags and can be accessed at any time. Shovels may not be provided, so please bring your own. Sand is to be used for emergency purposes only. Citizens are welcome to return the full sandbags, used or not. Please return them directly to the sandbag station on the west end of the parking lot.