Snow plow response during Dec. 2 morning snow

The in basket: L.D. Curvin of Port Orchard was disappointed in the promptness of the plowing of the snow that fell in the Silverdale area Sunday morning, Dec. 2.
“It began to snow around Gorst,” she said. “We were so very angry that we completed our trek to the Silverdale Mall exit and never saw a single plow!
“We decided to turn and head south as we had seen no effort
to clear the highway and we didn’t know how much worse it would get,” she said.
While we were slowly navigating southbound we saw three snow plows heading north! Why three heading north when not one section of highway was plowed from
Silverdale to Bremerton?” she asked.


The in basket: L.D. Curvin of Port Orchard was disappointed in the promptness of the plowing of the snow that fell in the Silverdale area Sunday morning, Dec. 2.
“Here in Port Orchard the roads were clear,” she said. “It began to snow around Gorst. My husband and I figured it was no big deal.
“The condition of the roads deteriorated as we got closer to Silverdale. Many cars were in the ditch and we witnessed more as we very slowly and carefully tried to keep from joining them. We simply wanted to turn around and go home.
“We were so very angry that we completed our trek to the Silverdale
Mall exit and never saw a single plow!
After last year’s debacle we were assured that this year they would be better
prepared. If what I ran into was better prepared then I would hate to see them
unprepared!
“We decided to turn and head south as we had seen no effort
to clear the highway and we didn’t know how much worse it would get,” she said.
While we were slowly navigating southbound we saw three snow plows heading north! Why three heading north when not one section of highway was plowed from
Silverdale to Bremerton?” she asked.
The out basket: L.D didn’t say if the three plows they saw were right next to one another, but it they were, says Joyce Komac, maintenance superintendent for state highways here, they were engaged in what they call “gang plowing.”
“They can cover multiple
lanes in each direction more effectively,” she said. “It is especially important to
push as many lanes off as possible when they were predicting a quick
melt. The snow will be moved away from the highway in an attempt to
have less flooding on the roadway.
“I have had full crews out since Friday
working 24 hours a day,” she said in her reply to me Wednesday. “I wish we had more employees and equipment, especially during storms.
The crew applied anti-icing liquids in
preparation for the storm last week and used pre-treated salt during.
The crews make every attempt to be everywhere, but it is not
possible. We have a total of six crew personnel for day shift and 6 for
night shift and eight trucks to cover the 330 miles (of state highway) on this side of Hood Canal. Every employee we had was in a truck.
“Highway) 3 is a priority 1
along with (Highway) 16 in this section, but we will send the crews where it is
identified with the most need. Our goal is to maintain to the highest
level of service as possible, realizing this is dependent on the storm
severity. We did the best we could with the crew and equipment we have,” she said.

4 thoughts on “Snow plow response during Dec. 2 morning snow

  1. And to the inevitable question: “Why don’t you get more crews on the road?” you can thank the taxpayers for I-747 and similar measures that have reduced the ability of local goverment to respond. We want them to be responsible for a tremendous number of areas, but we don’t want to pay for them. Do the math.

  2. It was painful to read that Mrs. Curvin and her husband were “very angry”
    that snow plows had not cleared their path to Silverdale.
    Here is what I’d say to Mr. and Mrs. Curvin:
    Get real!!
    1. We live in a pretty temperate climate where it seldom snows. Thus our DOT
    is not equipped to immediately clear all 330 miles of Kitsap
    roadway so people like the Curvins can drive to the mall in the middle of a storm. I’ll bet the Curvins would be among the first to complain if property
    taxes, sales taxes, vehicle taxes and other taxes were increased so that Kitsap DOT could
    keep more plows and personnel standing by waiting to ‘immediately’ clear the little bit of snow we get every year.

    2. I suggest the Curvins wise up and stay home when the weather looks grey and wet and the temperature hovers around the low 30s. This
    should be a clue that it might snow! (And remember the stuff will no doubt melt in short order in our climate.)

    3. Many motorists in our area never seem to learn that snow and ice equate to hazardous driving and the only solution is to either stay home or drive
    REAL slow. Like creep. And even when creeping, a wind can blow a car off the road into a ditch. I know, I grew up in Illinois where I learned to drive insnow and ice.

    3. The Midwest and East Coast, where winter weather is very cold, routinely get big, deep and long-lasting snowfalls. Thus their DOTs are equipped toclear roads quicker. If the Corvins will check property tax rates
    they will discover taxes in these areas are generally higher than in our area, partly so that all the plows and drivers are available.

  3. To be honest, I was never interested in having my question published.
    The problem I was talking about last year was when we had the problems with the snow and the reluctance to use more aggressive measures to clear the roads such as the use of chemicals.
    The news was calling for warmer temperatures and rain which I assumed would work to clear the roads by early afternoon. The condition of the road seemed to suggest that it had not been plowed for a significant amount of time. Having lived in areas where 3 to 5 inches of snow is common, I was stunned to find the roads in such shape.
    I still happen to think that clearing one lane north- and southbound makes more sense than ” gang plowing.” 330 miles with 12 total workers operating 8 trucks. It doesn’t sound like it should be so much trouble to cover 330 miles!

  4. Let me get this straight. You contacted a NEWSPAPER about a question (actually, a complaint) and you weren’t interested in having your views published? That’s like callng into a Talk Radio show and not being interested in being heard on the air.

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