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City of Hillsboro Crews Are Prepared for Winter Weather

Post Date:02/08/2019 11:13 am

The City’s Planned Response

Safety is the City of Hillsboro’s top priority when there is snow, sleet, ice, or other inclement weather.

Ahead of predicted snowfall, the Public Works Department crews service and ready snow plows, equipment, and anti-icing solution. In the event that snow or ice accumulates on City-maintained roadways, the department will:

  • Apply sand/gravel at major intersections, curves, on hills, and in dips to improve traction.
  • Deploy snow plows to remove accumulating snow on priority roadways.
  • Work around the clock, if needed, to follow a prioritized winter weather response plan.

Additionally, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department maintenance crews are ready to ensure access to City facilities by clearing sidewalks, parking lots, and entrances. Public Works Department crews concentrate on highly traveled roadways* that provide access to critical facilities, emergency services, and major highways, including:

    Anti-icing unit
  • Main Street (from SW Baseline to Brookwood Parkway)
  • Jackson School Road
  • Minter Bridge Road
  • 206th Avenue
  • Century Boulevard
  • 25th Avenue
  • Other priority thoroughfares in the city

Crews will also focus on hills, dips, curves, major intersections, and bridges that are more heavily impacted by snow and ice conditions. Due to the number of City-maintained streets and the need to focus on main roads, crews will be unable to treat or plow residential streets.

*Washington County and the Oregon Department of Transportation own and maintain other major roads within Hillsboro, such as Tualatin Valley Highway, 185th Avenue, Brookwood Parkway, Cornelius Pass Road, Evergreen Road, and Cornell Road.

Safety Tips

While the City proactively prepares for forecasted snow events, travelers are encouraged to maintain their safety on roadways in four main ways:

  1. Slowing down
  2. Increasing following and stopping distance
  3. Signaling early – and braking gently
  4. Giving the City’s anti-icing trucks, snow plows, sanding trucks, and other emergency vehicles plenty of extra room (at least three car lengths) to operate safely

If extreme weather arrives in Hillsboro and you don’t need to drive, stay home or use public transit. The City reminds residents, businesses, and property owners that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice; those who walk to transit and people with disabilities rely on the clearing of sidewalks to move about safely.

Important Contact Information

  • To report an urgent problem with City of Hillsboro streets, flooding, or downed trees, call the Public Works Department at 503-615-6509 during business hours, or 503-629- 0111 after hours.
  • Report water emergencies to the Water Department at 503-615-6702 during regular business hours, or 503-615-6775 using the after-hours pager.
  • To report a downed power line, call Portland General Electric at 503-464-7777 or 800- 544-1795
  • In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.map

You can also call 5-1-1, a transportation and traffic information telephone hotline.

For additional safety tips and the City’s snow and ice plan map, visit the City of Hillsboro Public Works Department website.

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