Anyone who shovels the snow from their driveway knows it is a lot easier to do BEFORE several inches have accumulated and packed down.
We go through this every time it snows or there is any kind of emergency. Before we go any further, SOLDIERS, NURSES, FIREMEN, COPPERS, TEACHERS, SNOWPLOW DRIVERS, and the TRASH GUYS are all heroes. All people working for government are dedicated public servants.
That said, it appears to the GUARDIAN that streets are getting worse every time it snows because nothing more than chemical spray and sand have been applied to the roads. It is sort of like spraying your dinner dishes with disinfectant instead of washing them.
Common sense dictates that major arterial streets need to be plowed, not just to get around, but to prevent flooding when packed snow turns to slush. To add to the problem, we note quite a few drains and catch basins are purposely blocked for some reason. Look for local flooding when the temp warms and the rains come.
We are fully aware that cash is tight, overtime is costly, and you can’t outsmart mother nature. The Idaho Transportation Department gets the plows out and clears away the snow and slush in a timely fashion. It may be time for the Ada County Highway District to clear some snow instead of relying upon chemicals and sand.
Thanks to rampant GROWTH, the ACHD is saddled with maintaining more miles of roadway each year and much of their efforts are focused in the foothills due to steep inclines lined with high value homes.
Meanwhile we got a letter from a citizen complaining about lack of enforcement of a Boise Ordinance requiring people to clear sidewalks adjacent to their property. It looks like the snowfall and lack of clearing is a problem everywhere.
Ironically, most shopping malls and retail businesses get the snow off their parking lots in a timely fashion, but if the shoppers can’t get to the store, it is of little use.
UPDATE 6 p.m. Saturday–Weather reports claim we have had 19.5 inches of snow in December and the AVERAGE NORMAL SEASON is only 18.4! The ruts are getting deeper.
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