Eugene Public Works gets ready for busy winter

"The road to the springs (Forest Road 19) is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter. Vehicles have created deep tire ruts in the snow and ice so two-way travel may be difficult for those that do not have 4-wheel drive and traction tires.," the USDA Forest Service said. "A lot of rock and tree debris have fallen on the road and a number of spots are prone to slides as the ground weakens. The hiking trail to the springs has seen a significant decrease in the snow and ice, but there are still some very icy spots." (USDA Forest Service photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - With the winter season just a couple weeks away, Eugene Public Works is already prepping for what could be another harsh winter in our area.

Damon Joyner, who's the Surface Maintenance Supervisor with the department, says they have installed a new 10,000 gallon tank for more de-icing liquid. Previously, the department had a 6,500 gallon tank.

With the new additional tank, Joyner and the department are hoping they'll be in good shape for the upcoming winter.

"Last winter we had a limited supply of de-icing material," said Joyner. "Regionally, supplies were short and that facilitated our decision to add 10,0000 gallons of storage this year."

Joyner also says the department has added an additional snow plower, which brings them to a total of eight plowers for the department.

Eugene Public Works says they also have about 750 yards worth of sand ready to go.

The winter season officially begins on December 21.

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