Snow Removal Plan
The City of Blair’s snow plan provides for the clearing of all city streets in a priority manner. The first priorities are Highways 30, 75, and 91. The second priorities are the local collector roads within each neighborhood. 16th Street, South Street, 10th Street, Adams Street, 23rd Street, Wright Street, College Drive, 25th Street, and Clark Street. The balance of the city is broken down into four different areas with each area assigned two snow plows. The city also hauls snow from the downtown area. These streets are Lincoln, Washington, Front, Colfax, and 16th Streets around the court house. The goal of the public works department is to have all snow cleared from city streets within 6-10 hours after a snow fall has stopped. The city has a total of eight pickup plows for streets, one pickup plow for parking lots and trails, two motor graders, four dump trucks and a snow blower.
When freezing precipitation begins to fall the public works department uses salt at the intersections and any streets that motorists are experiencing difficulty navigating. During snow falls the salting and sanding is done at the conclusion of the snow removal to assist in melting and clearing of the streets of snow and ice. During the snow removal operations intersections are salted and sanded. Blair has purchased a pre-wetting system to provide better melting of the snow and ice on the city streets by using chemicals and mixing them with the salt and sand being spread by the city crews.