What happens during a snow or ice event?


Our work begins well in advance of a snow or ice event. We monitor the weather using an advanced weather forecast link. When the forecast indicates a possible winter weather event, we mount salt spreaders and plows to the trucks and hook up the brine tankers.

Equipment & Salt Application

We have 22 trucks and four brine tankers. When a winter storm warning is issued, we send our brine tankers on designated routes to apply brine. Brine is a saltwater solution used to treat roads before snow and ice falls.

It helps prevent snow and ice from adhering to the pavement and reduces slick spots. This solution easily will wash off vehicles with soap and water. Depending upon the timing and nature of the pending storm, we place snow removal crews on standby.

Once the storm starts, we send salt trucks on designated routes to apply salt as necessary. Salt is effective to temperatures as low as 20 to 25 degrees.

Show All Answers

1. What happens during a snow or ice event?
2. How do you decide which streets are included on these brine and salt routes?
3. Why don't we place brine and salt on all the streets in the city, specifically residential streets?
4. When do you begin plowing the roadways?
5. How do I learn about road conditions?
6. I have a medical condition. Can you plow my street in case there is an emergency and an ambulance needs to get through?
7. Why does the plow not remove all of the snow from my road?
8. Why do the plows always push snow into my driveway?
9. Why don't you clean my driveway?
10. I only have on-street parking. Why do you always plow snow against my car?
11. Who removes the snow from sidewalks?
12. Who is responsible for the clearing of handicapped ramps?