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A few winter road reminders

Voices of the Peninsula

Posted: February 6, 2012 - 9:42am

This winter season we have all been blessed, or cursed, with a high level of snow. It's only early February so we know winter will linger for a while longer. Kenai Peninsula Borough road maintenance contractors have already plowed snow multiple times. The ditches and road sides are piled high and we are trying to push snow back further to make more room so the roads don't become too narrow. Yes, we expect more snow.

Road maintenance crews are doing a great job but we need help from borough residents.

Please do not plow snow from private driveways and parking lots out into the roads, road right-of-ways and ditches.

For one thing, it increases the Road Service Area budget when maintenance contractors have to struggle to remove even more snow pushed into the road right-of-ways and ditches. It fills up the ditches, slows down snow removal equipment and delays service to others needing snow removal. Bottom line, it costs the taxpayers more for the maintenance services provided and increases the time it takes to get the roads cleared.

Another issue is public safety. Higher snow piles make it more difficult to see other cars entering the road and results in additional hazards for snow plow equipment and other traffic. More importantly, the reduced visibility increases the potential for vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

Finally, it's against the law under Alaska Statutes. Admittedly, it is very difficult to enforce but it is against the law. Enforcement actions also create a whole other set of issues, including frustration and expense for everyone involved. It is not the preferred way to address this issue but may become necessary without recognition of the issue and help from our residents.

Please inform and remind children of the danger of playing in snow piles and berms near roadways. Operators of heavy equipment used in snow removal may have difficulty seeing children. Please help keep children safe.

Please do not approach equipment to talk with the operators. It is dangerous and slows snow removal efforts. The operators are private contractors, not employees of the Roads Department. Call the Roads Department (262-4427) if you have questions, requests, suggestions or complaints.

Act responsibly. Please do your part to keep snow from your driveways, parking lots and property on your own property. It will improve safety, decrease hours needed to remove snow fall from the roadways, help reduce hazards to drivers, equipment operators and pedestrians, and reduce additional expenses in the road maintenance budget.

Thanks for your help and drive safely.

Mike Navarre is mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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orionsbow1
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orionsbow1 02/07/12 - 11:54 am
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Thanks mayor

Thanks mayor without these reminders I just may have went off and acted recklessly.

suzieq
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suzieq 02/07/12 - 01:11 pm
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It would really help if the

It would really help if the road maintenance people would not plow their snow up in a berm across our private drives. They are making it impossible to get into our own places when they are doing this. And angry people seem to plow the snow right back into the road.

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spwright 02/07/12 - 04:51 pm
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Snow Gate 2/7/12

SuzieQ Tue 2/7/12
To the Best of My Knowledge, all Snow Removal Road Graders should have a SNOW GATE at the End of the Grader Blade to trap the Snow while they are plowing across a private driveway. That should prevent a Snow Berm being
deposited into your driveway.Without the Snow Gate it's impossible to stop from leaving a Snow Berm

& YES the Grader Operators already KNOW leaving a Snow Berm in a Driveway is NOT suppose to happen.

Call 262-4427 to Report this problem.

SPW "Airborne"

cbeard
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cbeard 02/08/12 - 02:36 pm
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Trapped

1. The road plowing crews are highly inconsistent this year and keep stopping short of where they need to go, I'm tired of seeing a few miles here and there in the same service zones of no plowing at all.

2. The plows don't actually run in most places until well after prime traffic hours (10 am to noon? Are you KIDDING?)

3. They only plow one lane wide on almost all highway-adjacent paved roads south of Clam Gulch.

4. They leave gigantic "snow-steps" at the ends of driveways and even the highest trucks have trouble clearing them. A ford pickup couldn't clear the one that was left and we were essentially stuck inside the driveway.

5. And the biggest traffic-view-obscuring snow piles I've EVER SEEN were all done by borough plowers on highways right in front of businesses and schools! It's absolute insanity this year. If there's too much to just push around and even it out, TRUCK IT OUT. People's lives are at stake.

jlmh
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jlmh 02/12/12 - 12:56 am
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Snow piles at intersections

I agree, cbeard. And if they can't truck it out, they can at least drills holes into it as windows, right? Or maybe stake mirrors on the opposite berm. You almost have to pull out before you can see whether or not to pull out!

jlmh
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jlmh 02/12/12 - 12:56 am
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Snow piles at intersections

I agree, cbeard. And if they can't truck it out, they can at least drills holes into it as windows, right? Or maybe stake mirrors on the opposite berm. You almost have to pull out before you can see whether or not to pull out!

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