When snow begins to fall, road conditions can deteriorate very quickly. Be prepared. Snow tires, studded tires,
chains, etc., will help you get around, but above all, SLOW DOWN and use common sense and caution. Traveling
by bus is often your best commuting option. When the storm is bad or continues, and roads are dangerous, if at all
possible STAY HOME until conditions improve. If you have a life threatening emergency call 9-1-1 and help will be
on its way.
During heavy snow events road crews must first focus their plowing and sanding efforts on main routes and arterials.
Crews will work on residential streets only after main and arterial routes are in passable condition. If snow and ice con-
tinue to be severe, it may take quite a while until road crews are able to work on residential streets. For more informa-
tion about Renton snow routes visit rentonwa.gov.
Yield to plow trucks and do not follow closer than 100 feet.
Do not pass the sander. If the sander is approaching you head on, try to move to the side of the road until it passes. The
sander operator makes every attempt to turn off the sand when approaching vehicles, but this is not always possible.
Sanding trucks may use intersections to turn around or change direction, so be aware of the actions of the truck.
In many cases the sander MUST back up a steep hill, placing sand for traction as it backs up the hill. If you see a sander
truck backing up the hill, stop and get off to the side.
It is important to remember that even sanding trucks may have difficulty on ice covered roads, even when chained up.
help the city help you
Make every effort to park off the street whenever possible. On narrow streets, if you must park on the street try to park on
the same side of the street as other vehicles to allow more room for the sander.
Do not park at or within 50 feet of an intersection as the sander trucks and plows are wide and need room to maneuver.
Do not abandon your vehicle in the street. It could be towed away.
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