PRICE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
704 North Lake Avenue Phillips, WI 54555
Phone: (715) 339-3081
Fax: (715) 339-2381
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
of Wisconsin DOT Winter Maintenance Policy Excerpts
The goal of the Price County Highway Department is to provide a
safe, cost effective transportation infrastructure to the tax payers
of Price County as well as the traveling public. Under
State Statutes Chapter 83,
the Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance and
improvement of about 221 miles of County roadway and 345 lane-miles
of State roadway.
The Price County Highway Department strives to provide quality
efficient services, while at the same time providing quality
contracted services with other governmental entities to reduce
dependence on County tax levy dollars.
What time of day does the snow plowing and winter maintenance begin
during a snowstorm?
Typically, the snow plow drivers are in their trucks and in route to
their designated snow plow sections at 4:00 am. This occurs when the
storm is a multi-day event or when the snow fall continues beyond
the time when the snow plow driver ends their day on the previous
day. Otherwise, their normal daily start time is 7:00 am. If the
storm is continuing or conditions are poor enough to warrant it, the
drivers will remain on their routes until 8:00 pm.
During winter maintenance, why is salt used on the State highways
and a sand / salt mixture used on the county highways?
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is the authority in
charge of maintenance of the State highways and their statewide
policy is to use straight rock salt to assist in melting ice and
snow from those pavements. Price County is the authority in charge
of the maintenance of the County highways and that policy requires
use of a sand / salt mixture with 5% salt. Using only the salt
increases the de-icing rate of the roadways, but at a much higher
cost than the sand / salt mixture. The price per ton of salt is
$65.00 and the price per ton for the sand/salt mixture is only $17
Why isn’t the
pavement showing on my road?
Price County does not have a bare road policy on the County Highway
system. Salt / sand is applied at hills, curves and intersection to
aid in traction. Salt / sand is an abrasive not a deicer.
Why didn’t I see a snow plow on my road?
The typical plow section is 40 – 60 lane miles. The plows cannot
safely exceed 25 – 35 mph while engaged in winter maintenance
operations. This results in an average cycle time of 3-4 hours per
round. Often times the plow may have been through and will not be
back at that particular section for 3 – 4 hours.
the state road get plowed 24 hours a day?
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation contracts with the Price
County Highway Department to provide maintenance in the winter and
summer months. The policies that govern maintenance are established
by the state and followed by the counties. The state determines what
roads receive 24 hour coverage based on the classification of each
highway. Price County currently has class 4 and 5 road and the
policy calls for 18 hours of continuous coverage.
happens if I encounter black ice?
Contact the Highway Department Office at (715) 339-3081 during
regular business hours. If the office is closed try
clicking here to report on a road condition, or please contact
the Price County Sheriff’s Department and they will notify the on
call highway supervisor.
When is the
monthly Highway Committee meeting?
The public meeting is typically held at 9:00 am on the second
Wednesday of each month at the Phillips Highway facility. Interested
individuals should contact the Highway Department Office at (715)
339-3081 to confirm that the meeting has not been cancelled,
rescheduled or moved to a different location.
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