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Regional Winter Preparedness Guide 2008

Winter Preparedness

The City of Reno provides safe roadway access in an environmentally sound manner during winter months. Become familiar with the Public Works Snow and Ice Control Plan so you are aware of the procedures the City will take to keep the roads safe during adverse winter conditions (does not include roads maintained by Nevada Department of Transportation, Washoe County and the City of Sparks).

The City's street system contains approximately 2,244 lane miles.  It is divided into 19 snow and ice removal routes. The City's snow and ice-control material is primarily a mixture of salt and sand along with salt brine which is used as a pre-treatment for grades and bridges to assist in keeping these areas open.

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For Statewide Road Conditions visit NV Roads

To view routes that are not maintained by the City of Reno: Washoe County has a wonderful resource called Quick Map. Read and close the Disclaimer page and then search for your area. 

Some additional helpful links include:

Please contact Reno Direct at 334-INFO with any questions, comments and concerns.


Salt Brine

As of the 2014-15 winter season, the City of Reno began using a new method to treat streets for snow and ice. Prior to a snow or ice event, City crews apply salt brine to the Priority 1 streets, bridges and inclines. The brine consists of a clear solution of tap water and sodium chloride (road salt), mixed in concentrations of 24 percent salt, and has a freezing point of -6º F.  Salt brine is applied to the roadway to prevent snow from bonding to the streets, making it easier and safer to plow. Brine is up to 20 times more effective than salt and sand and is labor efficient since it is applied during normal operating hours prior to the arrival of the storm. 

Salt Brine FAQs

 


 

Priority Snow Plow Routes

Plowing operations typically begin when the snow depth reaches 4 or more inches on streets.  Snow plows may hit main street intersections before 4 inches of snow accumulation to address icy conditions with a sand and salt mixture. Most of the plowing occurs in the higher elevation routes and outlying areas due to the fact that these areas receive the most snow accumulation.

In what order will streets be plowed?
The City of Reno street system contains approximately 2,244 lane miles and is divided into nineteen routes. Priority is given to arterial and collector streets along with school zones.  Secondary streets are plowed after Priority streets as resources become available.

Priority 1 and 2 streets include major streets, collector streets, areas around schools, and emergency service sites (police stations, fire stations and hospitals).  Examples of Priority 1 streets include portions of Virginia Street, Longley Lane and Stead Boulevard.  Examples of Priority 2 streets include Center Street, Evans Avenue and Hunter Lake Drive. 

See our current list of priority streets by route or view the route maps below.

 

Snow Plow Routes 

To better serve the community, the City of Reno and Washoe County agreed that the following roads would be plowed by the following agencies.  The decision was based on which agency already had snow removal operations in the immediate area.

Washoe County agreed to plow the following City of Reno streets:  Lemmon Drive, North Virginia Street north from Lemmon Drive to Stead Boulevard, Golden Valley Road, Plateau Road, Pembroke Drive, Bonde Lane, Panorama Drive, Wedge Parkway, Mayberry Drive, Arrowcreek Parkway and Verdi Road. 

The City of Reno agreed to plow the following Washoe County roads: Old Virginia Street, Arrowcreek Parkway, Copperfield Drive, Spectrum Boulevard, Marthiam Avenue and Moraine Way. For more information, please read the snow operations FAQs.


What is the plowing procedure? 

Crew members will tandem plow and/or sand for traffic accessibility on priority streets until they have completed the priority. The drivers will then go into each of the nineteen routes and continue to plow the Priority 2 streets until all are cleared with one lane in and one lane out. When all Priority 2 streets are cleared with one lane in and one lane out then the drivers will go back and clear the rest of the street.  The streets will be plowed from the inside lane to curbside.  Each crew will continue plowing and/or sanding until the storm has ended and all first and second priority streets are cleared and safe.

After a storm, street sweepers will be sent out to remove all applied salt and sand materials as expeditiously and safely as weather and road conditions permit.  In order to comply with Federal air quality mandates, the City has 4 days after the end of a storm event to have all salt / sand materials removed from its streets.
 
In the event of a major storm, the City of Reno Streets Department can call on the Sewer Line Section, Facilities Maintenance Section and Fleet Maintenance for additional assistance. Contractors can also be hired to assist the City. 

 

Resources: The City of Reno has the equipment, drivers and crews to implement the Snow and Ice Plan.

Personnel: Maintenance & Operations has a total of 50 snow plow operators. As needed, crews are scheduled to work two 12-hour shifts for 24 hours/day service.

 

Equipment: 18 Ten cubic yard dump trucks fitted with plows and/or sand spreaders 1 Four cubic yard dump trucks fitted with plows and/or sand spreaders

 


 Rodeo Champions

Northern Nevada Regional Snow Workshop 

The 2017 Northern Nevada Regional Snow Workshop was held October  11 & 12th at the Regional Public Safety Training Center.  The workshop is comprised of staff from City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.  The workshop consists of Educational classes in the morning session, lunch, vendor equipment show and Heavy Equipment Rodeo Skills competition in the afternoon session.  The courses are timed with various obstacles to navigate. The best time, in each event, wins over the two day competition.  

Annually, these municipalities gather together in preparation of the upcoming winter season to collaborate on best practices, view new equipment, and participate in training and refreshing their skills through the rodeo event. The five entities review the Inter-local Agreement, which aims to keep the area's major roads open in case of a massive snow event like the region experienced in early 2005.

Congratulations to this years skills competition winners!

 

Snow Plow Truck Course:                                     Loader with Tires 

1st Place - NDOT - James Moore                         1st Place - City of Reno - Tim Lovett 

2nd Place - Washoe County - Tim Borunda           2nd Place - NDOT - Pete Cannizzarzo

3rd Place - City of Reno - Ron Davis                     3rd Place - Washoe County - Dillon Watt

 

Chaining event                                                       Loader Course

1st Place - Washoe County - Don Connor             1st Place - NDOT - Rusty Raynes

2nd Place- City of Reno- Tony Trujillo                    2nd Place - Washoe County - Kenny Schmidt

3rd Place - NDOT - Josh Acree                              3rd Place - City of Reno - Troy Chernoff 

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