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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 06:57 am:   

I was just curious as to why none of the major roads in the City of Frisco were spread with sand due to last night's sleet storm. Driving down Preston / 720 (Main St.) / Hillcrest, I didn't see any of those roads covered with the least bit of sand (@6am). I would have expected a fine layer of sand to be spread due to the roads being covered with sleet and in some spots ice.

What are the requirements (necessary conditions) before the city spreads the roads with sand (even if it's a little bit)? Does the city have sand & sand spreaders?

Now I will say I did see one heading down Preston this morning (just south of spur 33). However, it wasn't doing a thing but blocking the center lane (which happeneed to be the most drivable). The truck wasn't moving, and the spreader wasn't spinning. There was a police cruiser behind it, but only there to warn of the trucks lack of progress down the street.

Is this something that can be addressed for those drivers that get out of their house and on their way to work earlier then the rush hour commute? Or do I need to mound chains to my tires the night before an ice storm?


Jason Gray, Interim ACM
Username: Jason

Post Number: 103
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:52 am:   

The City currently operates 5 sanding units, and all have been running beginning about 4AM each of the two mornings. In addition, we have our crews of Police, Fire and EMS, Public Works, and Parks Departments providing public safety operations to the fullest extent possible. As you can imagine, a weather event like this only happens once in a great while, and while we will continue to use sand, salt, and magnesium chloride as much as possible over the next couple of days, the number of streets that we can cover with our equipment is somewhat limited.

Jason Gray
Interim Assistant City Manager

Posted on Monday, March 03, 2003 - 06:19 pm:   

OK - I know, I know, it's hard to keep everyone that the ice is much longer until the sand it swept up? It was pretty bad at College/Hillcrest this morning. Sorry to nag - just thought I would ask. I do think the city does a GREAT job of keeping the citizens informed - and providing excellent service!!! Thanks

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
New member
Username: Gary

Post Number: 39
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 - 08:27 am:   


We will continue to operate our street sweeper until we have removed all the sand we can from the streets that were sanded during the ice storm. I will make sure that we take care of the College/Hillcrest intersection. Thanks for your concern and your compliment.

Gary Hartwell
Director of Public Works

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