Otter Tail County’s “Ice Control
Policy” shall provide the following
minimum levels of service:
1. Ice control includes the removal of
sleet, ice, frozen slush ice and hard packed
2. The County does not have the resources
necessary to maintain a bare pavement policy.
3. The primary materials used in maintaining
roads in a reasonably safe and serviceable
condition throughout the winter season
are salt, calcium chloride and sand. The
combination of materials used to combat
any particular storm condition usually
depends on such variable factors as air
temperature, road surface temperature,
snow fall rates, traffic, wind and time
of day. Desired effectiveness and economic
considerations are also very important.
Also the availability of materials will
at times regulate the level of service.
4. Controlled intersections, curves and
hills shall be sanded to provide skid resistance
as soon as practical after a snow event
and as soon as possible after plowing operations
are completed, except during black ice
and freezing rain conditions.
During these conditions, starting time and chemical applications will be as directed
by the County Engineer or Maintenance Supervisor.
5. Sanding on highway straight-of-ways shall be done only in extreme conditions
in the judgement of the County Engineer/County Highway Maintenance Supervisor.
Sanding on general snowpack will be done very lightly as time and materials allow.