Prescott Valley prepared to clear roads and keep them open
Prescott Valley, at a slightly lower elevation – 5,026 feet – than Prescott at 5,367 feet, is prepared for the snowfall predicted for Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Saturday.
Public Works Director Norm Davis said plans include having the town’s 14 snowplows ready to go on a 24-hour response schedule.
“It’s all hands on deck,” Davis said, adding that crews include streets and parks employees, some of whom will be operating the snow-removal and other support equipment.
“We’re ready for it and looking forward to the challenge – and also looking forward to more snow. Our equipment operators like to see how quickly they can get the job done,” Davis said.
He advises people to stay home and reschedule appointments as necessary when road conditions are unsafe for navigating.
As far as garbage pickup schedules, Prescott Valley residents contract with private haulers. Davis said. As roadways are cleared, residents can place trash receptacles out at street side for delayed pickup service.
The town kept up with this past Sunday’s snow on Feb. 17, with equipment clearing roads from 10 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday.
During the New Year’s Eve storm that produced icy road conditions, the Prescott Valley Police Department responded to 23 vehicle collisions. The ice also caused numerous vehicles to slide off the roadway, which increased traffic hazards, said Heidi Dahms-Foster, PV Communications Relations coordinator.
With 260 miles of streets in the town, workers clear snow from arterial roads first. These include Glassford Hill and Robert roads and Navajo Drive. Collector streets are next: StoneRidge, Viewpoint, Spouse, Lakeshore and Bradshaw Mountain Drive. Residential streets are cleared thereafter.