October 29, 2013
Contact: James Nye, 435.797.3475, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Get Ready for Winter Snow: Information Bulletin
LOGAN ─ With winter approaching, Utah State University Parking and Transportation Services is reminding faculty, staff and students of university snow removal guidelines and safety precautions.
Snow Removal in Parking Lots:
Parking lots are cleared when there are 2 1/2-inches of snow or more on the lots. When this occurs during the evening, parking lot crews are mobilized at midnight and remain plowing until about 7 a.m. when the lots begin to fill with vehicles. Magnesium chloride or road salt is applied to the travel lanes and roadways to prevent ice from forming.
If there is an early morning storm, 3 a.m. or later, as appropriate, crews begin clearing as soon as possible. That means on early morning storms, the primary walks, roads and parking lots will not be cleared as quickly due to the time and number of pedestrians and motorists using the walks, roads and lots.
In residential lots, it may be necessary to remove all vehicles from the lot in order to properly clear the lot of snow and ice. Residents will be notified via email by Parking and Transportation Services of the dates and times vehicles should be removed from the lots for snow removal. It is imperative that all vehicles are removed from the lots.
Residents planning on leaving their vehicles in the lots for extended periods of time should park in the east Student Living Center Parking lot. This action will allow for a cost effective and thorough snow removal process.
Safe access for pedestrians and motorists is the greatest concern during snow removal.
Students, faculty and staff should be aware of equipment as they walk and drive around campus. Sidewalk crews will pull to the side and stop work during class break times to protect pedestrians on the walks. During other times they will be moving slowly as the walks are cleared.
The campus community can help with safety and snow removal by watching for equipment and stepping to one side to allow for more efficient operations.
There may be icy or slick spots during and after a storm. If you find such a spot, call Parking and Transportation Customer Service at 797-3414 and report its location for crews to respond.
Students, faculty and staff should remember they are to take reasonable precautions to protect themselves when on campus. Be careful when entering and exiting vehicles and buildings, and drive and walk carefully when conditions warrant it.