West Chester ready for season’s first anticipated snow

West Chester Twp. has geared up to keep roads safe this weekend when snow is expected to fly this way.

The road division staff, part of the township’s Community Services Department, is responsible for keeping 222 miles of township roadway safe.

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For the 2017-18 snow season, the township has contracted with Cargill Inc. for road salt at a price of $58.73 per ton — the lowest per ton rate since 2009, according to officials.

An additional $11,040 was budgeted for the purchase of liquid calcium chloride. Liquid calcium chloride is applied to salt when temperatures drop below 20 degrees.

“Fortunately we’ve had some very light winters the past few years and our salt domes are at capacity,” Jim Rigsby, the township’s roads and maintenance superintendent, said.

The township’s two salt domes are able to store about 6,000 tons of salt, which is loaded as-needed into approximately 20 heavy dump trucks fitted with spreaders and plows.

“A third tool used by our snow response drivers is a liquid brine solution. The brine is pumped into special tanks on the trucks and sprayed on roads ahead of predicted storms,” Rigsby said in a statement. “When the weather conditions are right, the brine will help melt early snowfall as it hits the pavement, making roads safer while crews are mobilized for snow removal.”

West Chester Twp. residents with concerns regarding roads and road conditions can call 513-777-8765 or submit a service request online at www.westchesteroh.org/residents/service-request.

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