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Northern Nevada Regional Snow Workshop Prepares Regional Partners for Winter

Post Date:10/10/2017 4:42 PM

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What:       Northern Nevada Regional Snow Workshop
When:      Media Filming availability: Oct. 11   1:30-2:30 pm

       Workshop Hours- Wednesday, Oct. 11/Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.          

Where:     Regional Public Safety Training Center, 5190 Spectrum Blvd. Reno

Carson City, NV. — Local agencies will practice and collaborate on snow removal efforts for the coming winter during the 2017 Northern Nevada Regional Snow Workshop, held Oct. 11-12, 2017 at the Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Roadway maintenance representatives from the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada Department of Transportation and Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority will come together for training, practical skills tests and more in preparation for the upcoming winter season.

The workshop will offer educational classes from 7 a.m. to noon each day, where attendees can learn about weather and environmental concerns for winter operations and collaborate with snow removal operators from each of the different agencies in the northern Nevada region. Participants will also engage in a snow removal contest with operators from different regional entities maneuvering through a series of timed courses. The five entities operate under the Interlocal Agreement, which aims to keep the area’s major roads open in case of a massive snow event like the region experienced last year.

NDOT’s approximately 150 permanent roadway maintenance staff in northwestern Nevada dedicated 31,000 man hours in January and February 2017 alone, equivalent to three and a half years of time, to keeping winter roads clear during the unprecedented winter, including plowing snow and anti-icing of area highways and clearing flood-related roadside debris. The department already has 40,000 cubic yards of salt and sand stockpiled for use to provide better roadway traction during this winter.

The event is not open to the public.

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