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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.

  3. joethevacman14

    joethevacman14 Member
    Messages: 44

    Heres a view from above

  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