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1/22/2013

County spraying deicer on roads with potential for freezing rain

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Greg Shafer, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-618 ext. 1626
Greg.Shafer@clark.wa.gov

Jeff Mize, Public Works
Phone: (360) 600-4645
Jeff.Mize@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – With the forecast citing a potential for freezing rain, Clark County road crews were out Tuesday applying saline deicer to primary roads.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for the region from 4 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Cold dry conditions are expected to quickly be washed out by warmer wet weather, but there could be modest amounts of freezing rain during the transition, primarily after 6 a.m.

County crews have been spraying deicer during the past week because freezing fog can create small amounts of ice on roads. The county uses salt brine, a mix of salt and water, to deice roads before and during storms, on hills, curves, intersections and bridges.

“We have been spraying on a daily basis,” said Greg Shafer, operations manager for Clark County Public Works. “We are already well ahead of the curve.”

County officials will be monitoring weather conditions and will have crews out early Wednesday morning, if necessary, to apply more deicer before the morning commute.

Drivers should pay close attention to temperatures and be alert for potentially slick conditions, especially on side streets that have not been treated. Allow plenty of room between vehicles and extra time for trips. For more information on winter travel: http://www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/roads/winter.html.

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