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Weekend county snowplow operations differ from weekday operations

Posted On: December 20, 2023

Passion for ‘big trucks’ drives O’Brien’s career with Public Works

With snow season underway in Chelan County, let’s talk weekend snowplow operations.

Many times, people confuse us with WSDOT. Not a problem. We enjoy our friends at WSDOT. But during the winter, the state plows its highways 24/7. We do not have the capacity (operators or funding) for that at Chelan County.

On the weekends, our five road districts each have one operator working. That operator is going to be focused on main arterials, or those Priority 1 roads that are traveled the most. If you live on a Priority 2 or Priority 3 county road, there’s a high likelihood you will not see a plow over the weekend. If you live on a primitive road or a private road, you won’t see a plow.

When there’s a need for increased snowplowing efforts, particularly during heavy snow events, then more operators are called in to work on the weekend. But for the most part, if you hear we have snow coming and it’s over the weekend, make plans to have extra resources at home, such as food and other essentials. And plan to see a county plow on Monday.

Our county is a beautiful one, with many people choosing to live out in those most beautiful, often remote spots. This winter, check out our Road Maintenance webpage to determine what priority level road you live on.
 


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Passion for ‘big trucks’ drives O’Brien’s career with Public Works

Posted On: March 30, 2023

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Weight restrictions: They are coming, so be ready!

Posted On: February 08, 2023


Weight restrictions: They are coming, so be ready!

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Snow removal policies apply even in an emergency

Posted On: January 19, 2022


Snow removal policies apply even in an emergency

Chelan County is clarifying its snow removal policies with the public after receiving calls from frustrated citizens who were not prepared for the sig...

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Post-wildfire safety measures being put in place near 25-Mile Creek

Posted On: November 22, 2021

Post-wildfire safety measures being put in place near 25-Mile Creek

While the wildland firefighters are now gone, that doesn’t mean work on the Twenty-Five Mile Fire is over. Chelan County has been not only evaluating ...

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GIS tech creates emergency incidents map for wildfire response

Posted On: October 01, 2021

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CCPW operators respond to cyclist in need of help

Posted On: April 12, 2021


CCPW operators respond to cyclist in need of help

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2021 shaping up to be a busy construction year

Posted On: April 05, 2021


2021 shaping up to be a busy construction year

2021 is shaping up to be an active construction year for Chelan County Public Works. We are headed into the second year of the largest construction pr...

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With river construction comes underwater sound monitoring

Posted On: August 12, 2020

With river construction comes underwater sound monitoring

At the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project, you might get the chance to see an “acoustician” on site when the contractor is driving steel pilings...

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In-water work begins July 15 on West Cashmere Bridge project

Posted On: July 13, 2020

In-water work begins July 15 on West Cashmere Bridge project

With in-water construction related to the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project scheduled to begin July 15, Chelan County reminds recreationists on...

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Will the chip sealing crew be in your area this summer?

Posted On: June 15, 2020

Will the chip sealing crew be in your area this summer?

This year, the county road crew starts chip sealing the week of June 22. Do you know if they'll be on your street?...

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Chelan County Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 25
    Jun 2024
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Public Meeting: Official Logic and Accuracy Test of Voting System and Accessible Voting Unit (AVU) Demonstration

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    Chelan County Auditor’s Office
  • 21
    Jun 2024
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Ballots mailed for military, overseas and out of state voters

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    Ballots mailed for Military, Overseas and Out of State voters

  • 19
    Jun 2024
    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Hearing Examiner - June 19, 2024

    Posted by: Community Development

    By Zoom Video Conference or in person call 667-6518 ******HOLIDAY***********
  • 05
    Jun 2024
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on June 5, 2024.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, ES Conference Room.
  • 05
    Jun 2024
    09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Hearing Examiner - June 5, 2024

    Posted by: Community Development

    By Zoom Video Conference or in person call 509-667-6518