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'Confident' Road Crew Ready for Nasty Winter Storm

Department of public works could use up to 200 tons of salt this week to clear roadways.

If the snow, ice, and bitter temperatures over the past six weeks weren’t enough, New Jersey is bracing for another storm expected to slam the region Wednesday night into Thursday.

But if you live in Washington Township, take solace in knowing the local department of public works is, like always, prepared.

More than 100 tons of salt was delivered to the road department on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, adding to the 100 tons or so of remaining de-icing agents already in stock.

A storm of this magnitude, though – weather experts told Patch the precipitation will go on for 24 hours, bringing up to a foot of snow – could gobble up all 200 tons of salt in stock.

“I’m confident and think we’re in good shape for this storm,” said department of public works superintendent Scott Frech.

Depending on the latest forecasts, Frech will likely employ the two-shift method of crews, with one group tackling the overnight shift when the storm begins, with the other picking up the second leg in the morning hours to clear the 145 miles of roadway in the township.

Crews were on the roads Tuesday to help clear more snow from previous storms off the roads and shoulders as the new storm barrels in.

Find out more about the forecast from local weather experts here.

Dave February 12, 2014 at 08:13 AM
This crew has been great this year. Thank you for all your hard work!
wt-taxpayer February 12, 2014 at 08:23 AM
they are far superior to all the towns around - great job DPW! thanks!
Tracy Tobin February 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Just saw a quote from Georgia Governor that the State brought in 180 tons of road salt to prepare for this week's storm. If that is accurate, I can understand why they had motorists stranded for 24+ hours in the last storm. We have that much on hand just for our town and Georgia has a lot more miles of road than we do. Our Town and DPW are looking into the use of a "slurry mix" that makes pre treatment of roads more effective (lowers melting action of the mix) and less costly (same amount of material protects much more road mileage). Cities and States in the Midwest snow belt have started using it with success. Scott Frech is checking with a couple of local towns in NJ to assess their experience and has contacted a vendor to discuss their product. In the meantime, 2014 Town Snow Operations budget has taken a real beating so far. Pray for clear sky and sunshine after this storm goes through. Stay safe and warm and be careful in the next storm due late tonight into Thursday.
Reality Chuck February 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM
The last storm two weeks ago was a nighmare of travel UNTIL I got to Long Valley. Schooley's Mountain was blacktop!! Madison, Harding, Mendham, Chester were a mess. A humble thank you to the road crews.
PD73 February 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Fantastic job - as always! DPW, you are appreciated!


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