FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Long before temperatures begin to drop, Springfield Public Works department is preparing for the impending winter season.
Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey reports the Street Operations division has been preparing for the snow removal season since September. “With over 9,000 tons of salt on-hand, our salt supplies are full, the vehicles have been inspected, and we are ready to tackle the upcoming snow season.”
Public Works manages approximately 775 miles of snow routes. Shifts of 36 crew members work 12 hour shifts, providing around-the-clock service during snow and ice events.
New last season was the installation of Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) units on the entire snow removal fleet. The AVL units provide exact location, speed, and amount of salt being applied to the streets. This real-time data is used by Public Works’ snow command center and helps detect malfunctions in the salt spreaders and provides more efficient reporting on the amount of salt used. Increased location detection also improves safety for drivers and allows the fleet to respond more quickly to service requests.
“The guys who run these plow trucks all winter are ready to handle whatever comes their way,” said Bailey. “We have a great bunch of guys who are willing to help our citizens and dedicated to the tasks given them.”
For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected]