Do we salt our roads in Portland? After my road is cleared, is it considered drivable? With our first winter weather event expected in early December, Portlanders will soon be asking these questions, and we want to make sure everyone is prepared for winter weather this season.
Do we salt Portland Roads? If so which ones?
Yes. The city coordinates with TriMet a priority list of roads to clear and salt, starting with the roads most prone to closure. Even though PBOT has recently added more drivings and equipment to our fleet, we still don’t have the capacity to salt and clear all roads, so we advise Portlanders to avoid driving whenever possible during severe weather.
Are there any environmental concerns with salting the roads?
The Bureau of Environmental Services has reviewed the roads we plan to salt and, since we rarely experience severe winter weather in Portland, the quantity of salt used on the roads is not expected to have any impact on local ecology in the near or long term. The Bureau of Environment Services will monitor and evaluate any potential for salt to be detected in nearby streams, and we will consult with them should we add any more roads to our salting plan.
Am I “good to go” if my road is cleared & salted?
Even if your road looks clear and is salted, we still strongly recommend you avoid driving as much as possible. Use public transport as it is available. If you have critical situation where you or a friend is required to drive make sure the car has 4WD and studded tires or chains as winter weather alerts advise.
Can I just leave my car parked downtown?
What if I still need help to get around during severe weather?
Where can I find out more?
Have more questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Winter Preparedness” and we’ll add your questions to this post as well.