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Residents urged to prepare for snow

December 18, 2013

With a 70 percent chance of snow Thursday, residents are advised to be prepared with tire chains and sidewalk salt. Photo by Mike Gervais

Weather forecasters say there is a chance Bishop will see a little snow today and the Bishop Public Works Department is reminding residents and visitors to be prepared for icy streets and sidewalks.
In a press release, the Public Works Department advised that residents should use snow tires or chains on Bishop streets when they are required on area highways. “A good guideline to determine if snow tires or chains should be used on city streets is if Caltrans requires them on state highways in the area,” the press release states.
Snow tire and chain needs for streets and alleys west of Main Street should follow Caltrans requirements for West Line Street (State Route 168). Snow tire and chain needs for streets and alleys east of Main Street should follow Caltrans requirements for Main Street (U.S. 395).
Chain requirements for state highways are available from Caltrans by dialing 511 from any phone.
Residents and businesses are also reminded to clear snow from public sidewalks at their homes and businesses, especially in areas that stay shaded from the low winter sun. “If the snow is not cleared immediately, it can partially melt, then freeze and remain slippery for a long time,” the press release states. “State law and city policy makes the maintenance of sidewalks, including snow removal, the responsibility of the adjacent property.”
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or (760) 873-8458.

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