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Public Works Prepares for Winter

The City of Huntington's Department of Public Works conducted a "dry run" of its snow-removal equipment on Nov. 2 so that employees could test the equipment and review snow-removal routes. Here is more information about preparations for the upcoming winter:

EQUIPMENT: The City of Huntington has a total of seven salt trucks with plows and salt spreaders and one brine truck. This will be the third year that brine will be used by the Public Works fleet. Brine is a pre-treatment
liquid that prevents snow and ice from bonding to pavement, thereby making it easier for snow and ice to be plowed.

SALT: The Public Works Department's Street Division currently has 600 tons of salt on hand. The city has a salt contract with North American Salt Co. of Kansas. The city will be able to purchase up to 1,200 more tons if needed this winter. The salt is now stored in a storage shed that was constructed two years ago. The shed helps the Public Works Department meet environmental guidelines and saves thousands of dollars per year by preventing the loss of salt from rainfall.

ROUTES: The city has six primary routes that are cleared before any secondary roads are treated. The Public Works Division will also clear roads in the downtown area the same way it did last year - by plowing snow to the
center of the roadways rather than to the sides. This will keep parking spaces in the downtown clear.

PARTNERSHIPS: The City of Huntington partners with the West Virginia Division of Highways in clearing snow-covered roads. The Division of Highways maintains several state roadways in Huntington, such as 3rd Avenue, 5th Avenue, 8th Avenue, Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Hal Greer Boulevard and 5th Street, just to name a few.

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