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Posted on: January 10, 2017


A note from our Public Works Director…

The Town would like to recognize our dedicated and hardworking Public Work’s staff for working around the clock to maintain our streets and sidewalks. The goal of the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ snow management effort is to provide for the safest possible movement of traffic throughout the community during winter months and particularly during storm periods. The Snow Management Policy is intended to provide Town staff with guidance and to ensure that: Public safety is always the primary concern, all areas are treated equitably, priorities are understood by all, and proper responsibility and authority is established.

In an effort to achieve the Town's goal of safe snow removal operations, priorities are set, as conditions change to establish an efficient and safe order of snow management. Priorities are as follows:

1. Support for emergency agency responses
Main arterials and bus routes
3. Secondary residential streets
4. Cul-de-sacs
5. Scenic loop
6. Park and ride lot
7. Sidewalks and trails
8. Bus shelters
9. Traffic signals and pedestrian beacons

During typical storm events, we find our crews and equipment are able to keep up with the standard of care to which we have all grown accustomed. Recent storms have provided challenges.

Late last week and over the weekend, the priority changed to add significant flood mitigation to snow management as we brought on available additional resources. First, a heavy, wet snowfall slowed the usual blower operations to a crawl. Next, there were periods of intense rainfall. The community as a whole stepped up as well, as evidenced by the thousands of free sand bags that were seen leaving the Town yard. The Town, with the help of Mono County, provided the bags and cinders to fill them. Hundreds of community members provided the labor. We were relieved when the forecasted rain Sunday night turned to mostly snow.

The current blizzard conditions require additional operational adjustments, as drifts pile up quickly and need to be dealt with to provide safe access.

We thank the community for your ongoing understanding and assistance.

Stay safe out there!

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