Traction devices no longer required in Washington County snow zones

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

snow zone signs 

Motorists are no longer required to have traction devices on tires when traveling in the Washington County snow zones on 175th Avenue, Barnes Road and Cornell Road.

Road crews began changing the signs from "chains required" to "carry chains" at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22). All signs will be changed by 8 p.m. Thursday.

Motorists are required to carry chains or traction tires in vehicles in these areas during the winter months. These areas have high elevations and steep grades. During icy and snowy weather conditions, vehicles without traction devices are more likely to be involved in crashes or have difficulty driving on slick surfaces.

Snow zone notifications are posted on, the wc-roads Twitter and Facebook channels and the Washington County website.

Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Public Affairs and Communications Manager