Watching Pocatello: Winter Weather

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Updated: 11/20/2013 10:51 pm
Temperatures are dropping and snow will surely fall in Pocatello during the coming months. When roads do get slick, what is the city of Pocatello doing to help keep motorists safe?

Randy Ghezzi, Street Department Superintendent, explained that, “We have an actual policy. From a quarter of an inch of snow to three and three-quarters of an inch, we will sand and salt. That will usually defend against any buildup on the roads. If it gets above that, three and three-quarters of an inch, we will start to plow.

Ghezzi also offered these winter driving tips:

“What you want to do is, you want to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. And, you want to give yourself plenty of room to stop, so travel at a safe speed, especially though town, coming up to a stop sign or traffic signal,” Ghezzi said.

This isn’t the end of the story, as one may wonder how the Streets Department is able to keep tabs on so many local roads. Frankly, they have eyes all over Pocatello. Their state-of-the-art system keeps them informed about what’s occurring in the city. This means that when the winter hits, they’ll know where the roads are slick and be ready to dispatch their trucks and workers

“It’s interesting for us, because here at Street operations now we have the ability through our video detection system throughout the city to watch what goes on,” Ghezzi said.

For anyone concerned about this surveillance, Ghezzi assured me that it was a view-only system, thus it can’t record traffic accidents or be used to look into previous incidents. None the less, it’s apparent that the Streets Department in Pocatello has a birds-eye view of the city, which makes responding to icy roads that much easier.

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