Snow is coming soon and that means Snow days will be here too. And with the first storm, area roads departments are preparing for the winter season.
Everyone there has been working the past few days to get all the trucks ready for winter.
“We haven’t got any of our winter stuff out yet this year, so this is the first little storm coming in,” said maintenance supervisor Gary Park. “So we are putting the plows and the wings and the sanders, our liquid spray systems on all our trucks and testing them before the storm happens.”
Even with just a little bit of snow, Park likes to stay prepared. He says testing all the equipment is a simple step to make sure the roads are nice and safe.
“We do our best you know,” Park explained. “Every storm is different. There will be a storm that will happen and you will think ‘Jeeze, our roads aren’t that good.’ But we truly do try to do our best and provide the best road possible.”
Working on the roads crew means watching the weather forcast to know when a storm is coming.
“We got a several day heads up so you kinda know what kind of cushion you need,” Park said. “So you better get to start working on your trucks.”
Park says the trucks are out on the roads at 4:30 in the morning. Every one of their workers has their own truck with their own routes to make sure roads get cleared and cleaned.