City of Burien says it has ‘new tools to help keep roads clear in the event of snow’

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The City of Burien announced in its monthly newsletter that its Public Works roads crew “has some new tools to help keep roads clear in the event of snow.”

“Last winter (the) City purchased a 500-gallon brine sprayer to treat major streets and hills before an expected snowfall or before the temperature drops to freezing,” the announcement reads. “The brine helps prevents snow from sticking and ice from forming. A second mini-plow has been added to the snow-removal fleet, which includes two large plows.”

The city added:

The snow-removal crew operates 24 hours during storms, working in continual 12-hours shifts. Crews first concentrate on arterials, then move to secondary streets, and if possible, residential streets. In the case of severe, continual snowfalls, most focus will be on arterials.

For more information on road clearing, contact the Public Works Department at (206) 248- 5521. Residents are asked to call and report potential road hazards such as downed trees and hanging branches. Do not try to remove downed trees and branches tangled with powerlines. Contact your utility company which can send a crew out to remove them safely.

Residents can obtain information about road conditions, power outages, facility closures and other storm-related news on the City of Burien website,, which will be updated with the latest information. Similar storm-related information will also be available on radio station 540 AM.

To view Burien roads that will be plowed, see the snow routes map at

The National Weather Service is currently including a chance of snow in the forecast for Monday, Dec. 9.

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