Public Works will be out early Tuesday to help with potentially icy commute
Vancouver, Wash. – With overnight temperatures forecast to drop below freezing, Public Works will have crews out early Tuesday, Feb. 5, to ease what could be a difficult commute.
Beginning at 4 am, road crews will spray deicer on major thoroughfares in unincorporated Clark County. A map showing primary and secondary routes for winter road response is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/winter-snow-and-ice.
Public Works would spray deicer on county roads today and into the evening, but continued wet snow and rain would simply wash it from roads and do little to prevent ice from forming. The National Weather Service forecasts that temperatures will plunge to the mid-20s before sunrise Tuesday.
Residents are urged to plan ahead for a potentially icy commute Tuesday morning. Although county crews will be working major travel routes, they will not be deicing on neighborhood streets and lesser traveled roads.
Residents are urged to avoid travel, if possible. If you must drive, be sure to:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Provide plenty of room between vehicles.
- Refrain from rapid acceleration and hard braking.
- Avoid stopping on or before a hill since a little momentum will help carry you to the top.
Drivers should be particularly careful when approaching bridges, elevated ramps and other structures because cold air underneath will cause them to freeze early and thaw slowly.
Specific road problems outside city limits can be reported to Public Works by calling 360.397.2446. Power outages should be reported to Clark Public Utilities by calling 360.992.8000.
360.397.6118 ext. 1626