State plow crews combating
Juneau snow storm
April 17, 2008
(SitNews) - Studs are off and April surprises Ketchikan with
a light snow today; nothing however like Juneau is experiencing.
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF)
snow plow teams are fighting back at Mother Nature today in the
midst of a heavy snow storm blanketing state roads in Juneau.
Officials with the DOT&PF's Southeast Region (SER) office
confirmed this morning that heavy equipment operators are using
two plow trucks, two road graders and a chemical truck to clear
"Usually at this time of year, we're converting from our
winter operations to our summer operations, so we take our plow
trucks into the shop, remove the sanders and the plows and perform
maintenance on them," said Greg Patz, SER Chief of
Maintenance and Operations.
With as much as a foot of snow predicted by forecasters at the
National Weather Service here, Patz is reminding motorists and
others using the roads to do so cautiously and be mindful of
the state's heavy equipment operators.
"Whiteout conditions obviously make driving very difficult
for everyone including our heavy equipment operators," Patz
said. "We're asking the public to be vigilant and watch
for the plows and maintain a safe distance as they work to clear
With limited equipment in operation today, the snow clearing
along the state highway beyond Auke Bay and on North Douglas
Highway will be delayed.
"We're currently concentrating the extent of our operations
on Egan Drive and we're doing the best we can under these unexpected
circumstances," Patz explained.
Source of News:
E-mail your news &
photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Department of Transportation
Publish A Letter in SitNews Read Letters/Opinions
Contact the Editor
Stories In The News