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Road Department





Snow Plowing and Emergency Response (Policies AND Statistics)


STATISTICS:
Regular work schedule: Four ten hour day work week, Monday through Thursday, year round. Full time employee work force: 9 available to plow snow. Each employee plowing snow is responsible for approximately 70 miles of road (3 to 4 passes). Note: work force has been reduced by more than 50% since 1980.

SNOW PLOWING: PRIVATE SNOW PLOWERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED THAT: SNOW OUTSIDE THE COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY IS NOT TO BE MOVED ONTO THE RIGHT OF WAY. IF THIS OCCURS AND CREATES A ROAD HAZARD TO THE TRAVELING PUBLIC, THE PERSON COMPLETING THE ACTION COULD FACE SOME LIABILITY IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT THAT RESULTS IN INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
  • • Roughly 700 miles of roads to plow per snowfall.
  • • Minimum of 4-inch snowfall required to plow on non-regularly scheduled workdays.
  • • Baker County does not clean out approaches (driveways).
  • • Baker County does not plow private drives.
  • • Baker County does not sand county roads (note: Baker County Road Department does not own a sander and has never sanded County roads).
  • • Baker County does not plow at night, except in extreme emergencies.
  • • Baker County runs one shift (i.e. one crew per regular workday).
  • • School bus routes and collectors are priority roads to be plowed first.
  • • Drifting snow CAN cause a need for non-regularly scheduled workday plowing if it creates a danger or closes roads.
  • • Baker County will, when possible, widen out/clean up the next regular workday after a snowfall if it has not snowed again.



  • NOTABLE ROADS
  • • Granite Hill Highway #502: Cracker Creek to Granite Mtn summit is snow plowed under Intergovernmental Agreement with Grant County.
  • • Anthony Lakes Highway #1146: North Powder River Sno-Park to the Resort is under Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, 541-856-3277.