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Caz highway superintendent: Keeping winter roads safe

Providing safe roads is the most important mission of the Town Highway Department. We cannot accomplish our mission without the active cooperation of our entire community. With winter fast approaching, I have prepared this brief letter outlining how we can best work together to ensure that our roadways remain passable.

Highway Department Action Plan

Before the snow falls

Beginning in September, the highway employees prepare for the winter months by reviewing snow removal routes and servicing equipment. By early November we have our entire stockpile of salt and sand at our Constine Bridge Road facility.

During snow season

We divide the highway department staff into two teams. On Monday through Friday, the first shift works from 3:30 a.m. to noon. This early start allows us to have the roads safe for school buses by 7 a.m. The second shift works from noon to 8:30 p.m., providing good coverage for the afternoon school bus runs and keeping roads open for commuters to return home safely. Throughout the day and evening, we monitor weather conditions and consult regional and national forecasts. We call in our crews for overtime as needed.

The town trucks begin to roll when the frozen precipitation begins to fall. We apply a mixture of salt and sand to provide traction and melt snow and ice. Road conditions can differ greatly due to the varying elevations, amount of tree cover, and blowing and drifting of snow. Each of our plow trucks has a computerized control of the sand and salt mixture.

As the winter progress, drivers may encounter the highway crews pushing back snow banks and widening the roads to improve visibility.

How Residents Can Help

Refrain from Unnecessary Travel

Please do not go out during or immediately after a snowstorm unless it is truly necessary. Our crews need several hours of hard work to complete their snow clearing operations. Less traffic allows our crews to clear the roads more quickly and completely.

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