Helena Streets Division launching new snow control projects - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Helena Streets Division launching new snow control projects

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 4:19 PM Updated:

The Helena City Streets Division will begin several pilot projects for snow control over the winter season.

The pilot projects include plowing to the curb, flexible shift starts, reviewing snow routes, and using Ice Slicer.

Ice Slicer is a street salt product that is less corrosive, less harmful to vegetation, and more effective over time than traditional rock salt.

The city will purchase 35 tons of Ice Slicer to be used on Last Chance Gulch, the hills on Broadway Street, 6th Avenue, 11th Avenue, and Lawrence Street.

The product is used by street crews in Missoula and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Ice Slicer is more expensive to purchase by the ton than rock chips and cannot be recycled like rock chips each year.

The Streets Division will also distribute orange door hangers asking people to not park on the street during and for 24 hours after a snowstorm so snow can be cleared to the curb.

The streets for curb-to-curb plowing will be 6th Avenue, Broadway Avenue, and 11th Avenue from Davis to Montana Avenue.

The Streets Division and City Engineering will work together to determine which streets meet the criteria for a snow route.

Factors include traffic counts, schools, bus routes, and emergency service needs.

According to Helena Public Works Director Randall Camp, it’s been over a decade since the snow routes have been revised and it’s time to reexamine snow removal in the city.

“We’re always open to learn and try new things and see if we can make our game better,” Camp said. “It was a good time to pilot it and see if we were missing something.”

The City also plans to create a call log to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot projects and to give to the City Commission for review.

For more information about the pilot project or to contact the City Streets Division, visit here.

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