1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

Opening up Washington Passes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by joethevacman14, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. joethevacman14

    joethevacman14 Member
    Messages: 44

    Up here in Washington, they started opening up the mountain passes. My aunt works for the Dept. Of Transportation and she recieved these pictures and sent them to me. Here's the e-mail:

    Last week crews started their opening effort of Chinook Pass. Crews
    > started by clearing snow from around the Morse Creek Gate and then headed
    > westward. Maintenance crews worked throughout the week, with one snow
    > blower and a front end loader, clearing snow from the Morse Creek gate to
    > the big widening 2.5 miles to the west. This widening once cleared
    > provides a site large enough to deliver the remaining equipment that will
    > be needed to open the Pass. One dozer and a second snow blower was
    > delivered the end of last week.
    >
    > This week maintenance crews continued moving westward with the blowers,
    > one dozer and one front end loader. By Tuesday night crews had worked
    > their way past the Crusher site (3.5 miles west of the Gate) and into the
    > start of the main avalanche area. From this point the going gets allot
    > tougher. Snow levels increase substantially, snow is packed solid and
    > crews are working through an avalanche zone that extends for the next
    > mile. The pioneer dozer pioneered a trail to the restroom east of the
    > summit, then spent the rest of the week side casting snow. Crews
    > encountered blizzard like conditions on Wednesday with heavy blowing snow
    > most of the day. The second dozer will arrive late on Thursday. By the
    > end of this week crews expect to be within a mile of the summit.
    >
    > The avalanche crew started their job this week in making the avalanche
    > zones safer for our maintenance crews to work in. Weather on Wednesday
    > wasn't conducive for control work. Avalanche crews spent the day using
    > GPS equipment to accurately locate and stake the location of the west
    > bound fog line for the dozer and blower operators. The marking of the
    > fog line location provides the operators with the information they need to
    > accurately find the roadway and minimize the amount of snow moved.
     
  2. joethevacman14

    joethevacman14 Member
    Messages: 44

    These is actually a road that goes underneath this with about 12 ft. of clearance to the bottom of the road.

    arch.jpg
     
  3. joethevacman14

    joethevacman14 Member
    Messages: 44

    Heres a view from above

    blower.jpg
     
  4. joethevacman14

    joethevacman14 Member
    Messages: 44

    I would post more pictures, but they are all to big. E-mail me and i'll send them to you if you want them! jrw14493@charter.net