Public Works Snowplow Teams in Force Today
November 16, 2014
Public Works snowplow teams out in force today
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield Public Works department brought in 25 snowplow drivers, plus supervisors, today and will continue to call in additional drivers if needed. Teams were able to pre-treat all A snow routes and about 90% of the B snow routes within 2 1/2 hours this morning.
Another salt treatment with calcium chloride was applied around 5 p.m. to hopefully keep most areas from re-freezing overnight.
New this year: snowplow drivers work in quadrants, focusing on 10 individual areas, rather than plowing streets from end to end. This will allow crews to get to side streets more quickly, says Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey.
Major roadways such as arterial and collector streets have priority. In addition to the routes plotted on the map available for download below, Public Works also plans to plow around all elementary school drop-off and pick-up zones.
“Last year, we worked the elementary schools into our plowing routes to help bus drivers and parents get children to school safely,” Bailey says. “This year, we are adding them to our planned routes.”
Public Works coordinates snow removal on 675 lane miles of high-priority emergency routes.
For more information, please contact Ron Bailey 417-864-1136.