PBOT inspects snowplows, test routes ahead of winter

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Crews want to be ready when snowplows are needed

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Bureau of Transportation is getting ready for winter.

Just in time for the cold weather, PBOT is conducting full checks of its snow vehicle fleet.

“We want to make sure the plows fit the truck and making sure the lights and everything is operational,” Dylan Rivera with PBOT said.

With checklists in hand, supervisors did safety checks and then a dry run along snow routes. This gives operators a chance to refamiliarize themselves with the area and terrain.

“And it’s really important to run the actual snow plow route to see how it’s changed since last year,” Rivera said.

Things like new speedbumps or curb extensions can be hidden by snow and take a snowplow operator by surprised.

“There are all these things that are great safety improvements that our neighborhoods call for — Yet can be hazard and obstacles for snowplow operators,” Rivera said. “We want to note those locations on our routes.”

They also pay close attention to how best to plow in school zones and high traffic areas because their goal is to get everyone home safely.

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