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When a winter storm warning is issued, we send our brine tankers on designated routes to apply brine. Brine is a saltwater solution used to treat roads before snow and ice falls. It helps prevent snow and ice from adhering to the pavement and reduces slick spots. This solution easily will wash off vehicles with soap and water.
Depending upon the timing and nature of the pending storm, we place snow removal crews on standby. Once the storm starts, we send salt trucks on designated routes to apply salt as necessary. Salt is effective to temperatures as low as 20 - 25 degrees.
We also would need additional equipment to apply brine and salt citywide. For example, it takes us eight hours with four tankers to apply brine only on the current designated routes.
A balanced level of service based on roadway classification and traffic volumes reduces the cost of equipment and the usage of brine and salt. This level of service has long proven to maximize available tax dollars and minimize environmental damages.
Call Public Works primarily to alert us if a street has been missed or if there is some special problem relating to the snow removal operations. Please do not call for missed residential streets until 24 hours after the snow event has ended.
Utilize 9-1-1 only in life threatening emergencies or for emergency fire and rescue services. If you need help, but it’s not an emergency, please contact the Police non-emergency number, 434-799-6510.
If you must shovel, do not throw the snow out onto the roadway as you may create a hazard for another vehicle.