Workers were teaming up checking and inspecting the snow trucks, while bigger trucks hauled in large piles of salt and sand for crews to use to protect the roads and keep them safe for drivers.
“This is the first storm of the season, so everybody’s a little anxious to get out there,” said Mark Lombardo, Deputy Director of the Waterbury Public Works Department. “Storm prep’s at the forefront right now, with getting all of our vehicles up and ready to go — sanders on, plows on, making sure all of the trucks are working properly.”
Lombardo says the city has 30 trucks ready to roll once the storm first hits. That number can ramp up to 55 trucks on the road, if need be, thanks to private contractors the city has on stand by.
Lombardo also says the city uses a 4-to-1 salt-sand mixture to treat Waterbury’s roads. He says that mixture is effective when it comes to treating Waterbury’s very hilly terrain.
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“The city goes with a sand-salt mix and this helps vehicles on our hilly terrain in Waterbury gain traction.”
Lombardo says crews have to clear 320 miles of centerline roadways in Waterbury — it’s a big job and he urges Waterbury residents to have patience. To tackle a snow storm effectively and efficiently, Lombardo says Public Works crews divide the city into six districts. When it comes to snow removal, a big priority is clearing the roads to the city’s two hospitals first and then to tackle school bus routes.
“To make sure all the students get to school and get home safely and also for the residents of Waterbury that we keep the roads safe,” Lombardo said.
So, even though this will be the first test of the season, Lombardo wants all Waterbury residents to know:
“We’re ready to go,” he said.