Crews prepare for ‘fight’

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Public works: Teams take snow removal seriously

By Arin McKenna

Snow removal is a demanding job.

“Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.

First responders are on standby. If the storm hits, the Snow Control Duty Officer – usually Roach – will call crews into action and coordinate the strategy of the “snow fight.”

“It’s kind of like a battle. Each storm is different and you have to come up with different strategies based on the temperature and the amount of snow so you win the battle,” Roach said. “Whoever is in charge of the battle just needs to stay on top of it.”

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