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Springfield Public Works crews will have a crew coming in early Monday morning to start pre-treatment work on bridges and hill routes, as snow is expected. Focus during the morning will be pre-treating arterial and priority routes. The remainder of the crews will be notified that they may be asked to report to work if snow accumulation predictions change.
Public Works does not wait for temperatures to drop to start preparing for the snow removal season. Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey reports the Street Operations division has been preparing for the snow removal season since September. “With over 9,000 tons of salt on-hand, our salt supplies are full, the vehicles have been inspected, and we are ready to tackle the upcoming snow season.”
Public Works manages approximately 775 miles of snow routes. During major snow and ice events, shifts of 36 crew members work 12 hour shifts.
In recent years, the City added Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) units on the entire snow removal fleet. The AVL units provide exact location, speed, and amount of salt being applied to the streets. This real-time data is used by Public Works’ snow command center and helps detect malfunctions in the salt spreaders and provides more efficient reporting on the amount of salt used. Increased location detection also improves safety for drivers and allows the fleet to respond more quickly to service requests.
“The guys who run these plow trucks all winter are ready to handle whatever comes their way,” said Bailey. “We have a great bunch of guys who are willing to help our citizens and dedicated to the tasks given them.”
By November, crews have already been preparing and training for more than a month. As snow removal experts prepare their plows, citizens should also prepare for possible dangerous roadway conditions.
Springfield Police offer the following tips for driving in snow and ice:
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snowplows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work. If you must drive in snowy conditions, allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving.
Start With a Car Checkup
Your car should have a tune-up to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts, more pickup, and faster response when passing.
Driving Safely on Ice
If Your Rear Wheels Skid
If Your Front Wheels Skid
If You Get Stuck
For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.