In some rare cases when our de-icer may not be as effective as we would like. If this happens, our crews apply sand on steep hills, corners and intersections as an additional measure to improve traction. However, due to the environmental concerns and the fact that sand typically is blown off or worn off these areas easily, we typically keep sand application at a minimum.
If needed, Oregon City Public Works will also plow snow and in some cases, close steeper streets when there are safety concerns. Remember, even the best preventive measures don't eliminate risk. It is always up to motorists to drive at speeds appropriate for the road and weather conditions.