Road Maintenance Information
Maintenance District Information
Information regarding maintenance work occuring in the County maintenance districts (Updated November 17, 2014):
District #1 (Wenatchee)
Installing barriers on Horse Lake Road. Installing snow markers; district-wide. No reported delays.
District #2 (Cashmere)
Snow & ice control as needed. No reported delays.
District #3 (Leavenworth)
District #4 (Entiat)
Roadway stabilization on Mills Canyon Road & Entiat River Road. Cleaning behind concrete barriers on Entiat River Road. Brushing; district-wide. No reported delays.
District #5 (Chelan)
Brushing and filling shoulder washes; district-wide. Snow and ice control as needed. Culvert installation on Green Avenue. Expect one-lane closures with minor delays.
Need to find out which Chelan County Maintenance District you live in? Click the link below for the districts map:
Winter Driving Conditions
Chelan County winters can be challenging for motorists. They are equally challenging for the Public Works Road Crews responsible for snow and ice control on our local roadways.
Weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and driving skills. Take the time to ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions. To find out about weather conditions where you are traveling, please visit NOAA.gov and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Mountain Passes website.
During the winter, Chelan County relies on its citizens to be helpful and responsible in removing snow and ice from public sidewalks (including walks and ramps leading to crosswalks), in order to provide its citizens with safe use of public sidewalks. Chelan County Public Works appreciates your cooperation to provide mobility and safety on public sidewalks.
The County uses snow plowing as well as solid & liquid de-icing chemicals for snow and ice control. Liquid anti-icer is used before storm events to prevent frost and ice from forming and bonding to the roadway. Solid de-icer chemicals, which look like and are applied like sand, are used during and after snow events to keep accumulating snow loose and plowable so our plows can remove it. After storm events, solid de-icer is used to break-up compact snow & ice that has bonded to the roadway so it can be plowed off.
Throughout the winter, maintenance crews monitor weather and road conditions day and night, seven days a week. Chelan County makes every effort to maintain access during the winter, but it is not possible to plow all roadways on during every storm event (see Code of the West).
Snow and ice control efforts are prioritized to assure vital access throughout the County:
- Level One: School bus routes and major arterials,
- Level Two: Local Access roads,
- Level Three: Primitive roads.
Our snow plows are unable to remove all the snow from the road in one pass. The first pass through by a plow is intended to open up the road. The second pass, which occurs after all priority roads are first opened, will widen the plowed area and clear out cul-de-sacs. Keeping the road clear of obstructions (such as parked vehicles and garbage cans) allows for more effective and efficient snow removal.
Please do not plow snow from driveways and private property onto/across the county roads, as it can create a hazard for other motorists and plow drivers. Plowing snow across the county road can also remove de-icing chemicals, causing snow/ice to bond to the roadway in front of your driveway.
For questions regarding maintenance work in Chelan County, email Brad Harn, Road Superintendent, or call (509) 667.6626.
Road Maintenance Districts:
District #1 (Wenatchee Area)
Keith Newberry, foreman
District #2 (Cashmere Area)
Jim Hancock, foreman
District #3 (Leavenworth Area)
Dan Mayfield, foreman
District #4 (Entiat Area)
Scott Mitchell, foreman
District #5 (Chelan Area)
Kermit McClellan, foreman
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