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Public Works Prepares For Winter Weather

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Public works crews have been hard at work preparing for the weather ahead.

It's all about getting the resources available in place and in motion when they can do the most good.

With the weather we're talking about right now, it's a game of waiting and watching to get crews out as this rain is beginning to turn to ice. Too soon and the rain will wash any salt used to pre-treat the roads away. Too late and tomorrow's snow will be accumulating on a base layer of solid ice.

"So this is a very delicate task to dance with mother nature to figure out exactly when that time is going to be," Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke said.

For now, Davenport's entire fleet of snow plows are fueled up and filled with salt just waiting to be sent out when the conditions are right.

A public works supervisor will be in at midnight tonight to start monitoring the situation and call in crews when the time is right but despite the small window where pre-treating the roads would make a difference, the city can't put all of its resources out on the roads all at once.

"There's only so many people, and so you can't put everybody in on the first day and then keep them there, because then you run out of people for the second night," Clarke said.

That's where planning out resources ahead of time comes in handy.

Based on the battle plans drawn up in a meeting this afternoon there should be about a two hour overlap when the A-team and B-team and the crews pulled in from other divisions in the public works will all be on together. 

In all about 60 pieces of snow removal equipment on the road at the same time.

Anybody who's going to be sharing the roads with those snow crews is urged to heed some simple advice: give them space, and let them do their jobs.


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