How departments of public works get roads ready for snowfall

Westfield DPW sends out trucks hours in advance

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The snow started falling late Monday morning, but many western Massachusetts communities started preparing hours before. The Westfield Department of Public Works sent crews out at 4 o’clock Monday morning to pretreat the roads.

DPW Foreman Joel Faria told 22News they start on the side roads, then move to the main roads. He said this is the first year they’re using just salt, instead of a mixture of salt and sand.

Salt by itself is supposed to be better for the environment, because it doesn’t clog storm drains or affect rivers.

Their crews plow and salt at the same time to keep the roads from icing over. “So it’ll be a plow salt, plow salt, so you constantly maintain a salt grind, which is the proper way for de-icing,” said Faria.

This year, their plows are calibrated to make sure they’re putting down the correct amount of salt per mile.

Even though the roads were pretreated, they can still be slippery. If you’re on the road throughout the night, you’ll want to drive slowly.

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