Division of Public Works crews are prepared for the forecast of possible frozen precipitation. If and when the city starts receiving any wintry mix, Public Works will deploy up to 14 trucks to spread sand and salt as part of its de-icing operation. The city has over 8,000 tons of salt and sand mixture on hand for winter weather events. Due to the forecast of rain before the wintry mix begins, brine will be used to pre-treat roads.
Public Works intends to provide practical and safe transportation routes that best suits the needs of the public during winter storms. The City’s primary focus during inclement weather periods is to first treat major streets with inclines/declines, as well as any bridges and overpasses.
Secondly, the City will treat the remaining major streets on an as-needed basis. Emergency service providers such as hospitals, police, and fire precincts will also receive special considerations during inclement weather.
The City has access to 12 snowplow attachments that are retrofitted for our heavy equipment trucks. However, snowplows are deployed when snow accumulations are 3 inches or higher. Public Works officials are closely monitoring weather conditions and will continue to do so through the next few days and will adjust its snow/ice operation based on needs.