Sweeping of Medford streets after snow event
The Siskiyou Velo Board recently contacted road maintenance jurisdictions in Jackson County (see letter) regarding unsafe cycling conditions created by the accumulation of cinder and gravel in bike lanes and on road shoulders. Below is the response from the Public Works Department of Medford:
Siskyou Velo Bicycle Club
Thank you for your recent email regarding sweeping of Medford streets after the snow. Your email was forwarded to me for a response.
During the recent snow event the City of Medford Public Works Department spread approximately 550 tons of sanding rock on Medford streets. As you clearly understand, it goes down much faster than it can be cleaned up. Public Works operates three full time street sweepers that generally sweep the entire city every 4-6 weeks under normal conditions. With this amount of sanding rock out there I anticipate it will take slightly longer to complete the entire city due to more frequent trips back to the Service Center to empty the full sweeper hoppers.
We appreciate your input on priorities but our experience is that when we attempt to modify our normal sweeping patterns we become much less efficient and streets get missed. We anticipate being complete with the clean up by the end of February. However, property owners will likely be sweeping off sidewalks into the street well into the summer so isolated areas of sanding rock in the bike lanes should be anticipated in those instances until the next time the street sweeper is in the area.
Thank you for communicating this information to the cycling community. Rest assured we are working diligently on the clean-up effort and we appreciate their patience.
Brice Perkins, PE
Deputy Public Works Director – Operations
City of Medford Public Works