(Access Bannock County, December 6, 2022)

The Bannock County Road and Bridge Department is dedicated to removing snow from Bannock County-maintained roads for the health, safety, and welfare of county residents. As winter weather approaches, we want to remind the public about best practices to help our crews safely and efficiently remove snow from the roads.

The Road and Bridge Department utilizes local and national weather forecasts and databases to anticipate and prepare for a forecasted storm.

During winter operations, snow removal can begin as early as 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours, weekend, and holiday snow removal will be done on a limited basis, with an emphasis on the busiest routes and emergency requests from law enforcement.

 

 

Snow-Removal Priorities:

Bannock County will make every effort to have school routes opened first so school buses can safely travel to their routes. Bannock County prioritizes roads based on school bus activity, amount of traffic, acute hazards, and roads deemed “no winter maintenance.” For current information about school closures, visit your respective school district website.

  1. Danger spots such as steep grades, sharp curves, intersections, bridge decks, approaches, school bus routes, turnarounds, ramps, and other acute hazards and heaviest traffic routes.
  2. Medium to heavily traveled road sections, including routes traveled by bus lines and commuters.
  3. Lightly traveled roads, including primary and secondary roads, and areas for winter recreational vehicles.

To see what priority your road is, visit Bannock County’s Winter Maintenance map.

 

 

Homeowner Responsibilities:

Homeowners need to make their own arrangements to clear snow from the front of their mailboxes for mail delivery. Mailboxes and fences located in the county right-of-way that are damaged during normal plowing operations are not the responsibility of the County.

Under no circumstances may a homeowner remove snow from a county road without a permit. Permit applications are available on bannockcounty.us/road-bridge.

When homeowners are clearing snow from their driveways, the snow cannot be placed onto the County roadways, as it could become a safety hazard to the traveling public. We suggest snow be placed, if possible, on the right side of the driveway and as close to, if not on, the County road shoulder.  This can assist the plow driver in removing the snow without placing it back onto the driveway.

 

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