Heavily traveled streets take snow plowing priority over neighborhood roadways

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Within the City of Twin Falls, eight snow plowing trucks are run through rotating shifts until most issues on the roads are addressed.

"We'll get those trucks out as soon as possible. Often times, even before the snow starts to fall," said Joshua Palmer, Public Information Officer for the City of Twin Falls.

First, they tackle the roads on their priority list.

"Those roads are generally higher priority because they have a higher traffic count. They may also be areas where there's more sensitivity," Palmer said.

This includes school areas, crosswalks, Blue Lakes Boulevard, Addison Avenue, and Washington Street.

Then they move on to those other arterials, which are your north, south, east, and west roads.

Plowing residential roadways are a hazard, which is why those aren’t plowed.

"You typically have people who park their vehicle on the sides of the road. With our trucks, it'll eject that snow at such a high rate of speed [that] it can break break windows. It can damage vehicles. It can also throw a lot of snow, salt, gravel on to peoples' landscaping," explained Palmer.

Instead, they put de-icing agent or a combination of sand & salt on those residential subdivisions after the main roads are taken cared of.

"That's really just to help prevent the ice build up on subdivisions," he said.

If temperatures are well below freezing, the de-icing agent won't work very well. That is why "today, we're putting that down ahead of time. We'll [also] put it down as snow falls," Palmer said.

He also advised not to try to take matters into your own hands and plow it yourself because any damages you cause will be your responsibility.

When out on the slick roads, there are simple things you can do to prevent a traffic accident.

One thing to note is that the posted speed limit is only for ideal conditions. so when there's ice and snow on the roadways, don't forget to always slow down.

Also, "being aware of your surroundings, stopping earlier than you normally would to give yourself that extra distance for your vehicle to brake” will also help.

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