This video highlights the preparation and procedures for snow plowing and snow removal. View video

  • Salt only works down to about 20 degrees (still needs some friction from cars to produce heat) Liquids (calcium) will work down till about 15 degrees
  • Time depends on conditions of storm – long storms with small snow amounts take same time as with bigger amounts
  • Sometimes we leave snow on road if it is going to rain (let snow absorb rain) then plow off – if not and it turns cold you are left with ice
  • Most storms use about 90 – 110 tons of salt / storm and 100 tons of sand
  • We plow with 15 pieces of equipment on average – 5 one tons and pickups, 1 26,000# truck, 6 38,000# trucks, 2 loaders, 1 tractor or backhoe, 1 sidewalk plow, 2 personal trucks and 1 hired 1 ton.
  • Most routes average 3-4 hrs round trip (more when it comes time to clean up)
  • Snow Fall rates (last storm 1-2 inches/hour) could be 3 to 6 inches of snow on road by the time the truck comes back around
  • Time of day (nights are a lot faster to plow and clean up – no traffic)
  • Length of storm (can take us 3 to 5 hours after storm is over to clean intersections, and treat roads so we can leave)
  • Snow must be picked up in downtown every 6-7 inches ( 8-10 hours to pick up oval area, 8-10 to snow blow road edge{between rd and sidewalk})
  • After 3 feet of snow total with no melting snow banks have to be shelved off (cut off and pushed further off road) to make more room to store snow