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Dec 15

Arterial and Collector Streets Plowing

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 11:17 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Question:  Do you ever plan on plowing roads north and south of snowy range on the west side of Laramie? I don't ever see plows at all and I'm home all day. It states on the city of Laramie WY as follows:

SNOW REMOVAL
Keeping You Safe
Snow and ice control consists of applying a melting agent (salt or Ice Slicer) to the streets during and after a snowstorm. If the snow depth exceeds 3 inches or if drifting occurs, the arterial and collector streets will be plowed. Should it become necessary, snow will be windrowed to the center of the street and removed.

The Arterial and collector streets. Meaning the roads that feed into the main one, please do your job.

Response:

The Streets in West Laramie that get plowed are:
  • Snowy Range
  •  Jackson St
  • Pierce
  • Adams south of Snowy Range
  • Riverside
  • Colorado (only the paved sections)
  • The Paved section of Wyoming

These streets that get plowed are designated arterial or collector streets on the Functional classification map. When we plow we focus on the emergency routes first and then move onto the other priorities. When we plow we have 1-2 trucks that are dedicated to the streets in West Laramie.  

A. PLOWING PRIORITIES:  While priorities may need to change based on characteristics of any given storm, general priorities for plowing are:

  1. Arterial Streets
  2. Collector Streets
  3. Drifting Areas
  4. School Areas
  5. Central Business District
  6. Alleys in Central Business District
  7. Parking Lots
  8. Sidewalks

If storm conditions are such that all priorities cannot be addressed in a given cycle, the lower priorities may be dropped until adequate equipment and manpower is available to get to them.


Dec 15

Road Plowing on Laramie's West Side

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 11:09 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Question:  Do you ever plan on plowing roads north and south of snowy range on the west side of Laramie? I don't ever see plows at all and I'm home all day.

Response:

A. PLOWING PRIORITIES:  While priorities may need to change based on characteristics of any given storm, general priorities for plowing are:

  1.  Arterial Streets
  2. Collector Streets
  3. Drifting Areas
  4. School Areas
  5. Central Business District
  6.  Alleys in Central Business District
  7.  Parking Lots
  8.  Sidewalks

If storm conditions are such that all priorities cannot be addressed in a given cycle, the lower priorities may be dropped until adequate equipment and manpower is available to get to them.

B. PLOWING METHODS

  1. Plowing is to commence on arterial and collector streets when snow reaches a depth of three (3) inches on the street, or when drift patterns have developed that warrant plowing. Plowing of arterial and collector streets is intended to provide a minimum of single lane, two-way traffic. Plowing will be toward the outside, and removal will take place only when necessary as conditions may warrant.
  2. Local and residential streets are not intended to receive regular winter maintenance and plowing is to commence only if such streets become impassable. Plowing will then be limited to one pass with such equipment as may be available and will normally take place only after the storm ends. Equipment will be provided as necessary to assist in response to emergency situations.
  3. Plowing in the Central Business District (CBD) will be toward the center, and, if necessary, snow will be removed during the early morning hours after businesses have had time to remove snow from the sidewalks to the streets. All snow will be removed from the side of the street for which the alternate no-parking is in effect. Snow that can be removed from the opposite side of the street will also be removed. Remaining snow will be removed the following morning, if necessary. For the purpose of this Policy, the CBD is defined as the area bounded by 1st and 5th Streets on the west and east respectively, and Clark and Custer Streets on the north and south, respectively.
  4. Plowing of drifted areas is intended to provide single lane, two-way traffic. Drifts may be addressed by plow, blower, or by removal in order to avoid having a windrow to cause secondary drifting. Severe drifting accompanied by impaired visibility may result in temporary street closures.

Oct 27

Trick-or-Treating in Laramie (WY)

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:01 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Can you please clarify-is trick or treating allowed?

A.  The City of Laramie, along with the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), is encouraging our residents to make plans for fall celebrations this year that accommodate COVID-19 concerns while also offering fun and meaningful activities.

Common ways of celebrating Halloween or Día de los Muertos that are high-risk and not recommended this year include:  Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.  Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.  Attending large indoor celebrations with singing or chanting.  Participating in other crowded indoor gatherings, events or dinner parties.  Traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door remains an option this year in Wyoming. “If children and their family escorts remain outdoors without staying more than a few minutes at each home, and the people giving the treats do not invite them indoors, the risk associated with this activity can be lowered,” Harrist said. “Trunk-or-treat events where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots can also be lower risk if everyone remains outdoors, avoids gathering in large groups and moves through quickly.”  Costume and mask-related advice includes:  Do not use costume masks as substitutes for cloth masks unless made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose without gaps around the face.  Do not wear costume masks over cloth masks as it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.

Other safe ways to celebrate Halloween or Día de los Muertos that do not increase risk of COVID-19 transmission include:  Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them.  Decorating your home. Making and decorating masks or making an altar for the deceased.  Visiting and decorating graves of loved ones with household members only and keeping more than 6 feet away from others who may be in the area.

To find more detailed fall celebration guidance from WDH, visit: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-orders-and-guidance/.