Many of our snowplow trucks had already been decommissioned from snowfighting for the spring and summer. And, many of our crewmembers had already switched to springtime/summer work, like mowing grass, tackling weeds, striping lane lines and sweeping roads. But, its back to winter, temporarily. Maintenance technicians spent most of Monday reattaching snowplow blades and doing other prep work.
For some of the higher elevation passes like Rainy and Washington on SR 20, crews keep a few trucks outfitted with plows and deicers because it's not uncommon to get snow into early July. However, when talking to our maintenance crews, many of them will tell you that its rare to get snow this late in spring. I mean, we're only 12 days away from the first day of summer.
Just in case you were curious what our trucks get used for besides fighting snow, I've made a list below. We use our trucks year-round. They came in handy for:
- Dump trucks
- Haul damaged guardrail
- Empty the sweeping truck
- Haul asphalt for paving
- Haul shoulder rock/gravel
- Cleaning out ditches
- Haul sand to sand sheds for winter
- Hook trailers to and haul equipment like backhoes and paving machines
- and oh so much more.