Winter — it’s coming
Now is the time road crews are preparing for the inevitable onslaught
There isn’t a single flake of snow on the ground yet, but the Cornwall roads department has already been preparing for them whenever they may come.
“We try to get prepared early,” said Tommy Sauve, operations supervisor for the city. “We are confident that we are ready, we have a lot of experienced staff here.”
The municipal roads department began training for the upcoming winter on Oct. 17, with drivers taking the equipment out on the road, even though there is nothing for them to plow yet. Taking the plows and other equipment out early gives the department the opportunity to make sure everything is in working order before the snows arrive.
“It allows us to work the bugs out of equipment that has been sitting all summer,” said Sauve. “We have an ongoing maintenance program, but this is a way to get the equipment all hooked up and make sure it’s ready for the first storm.”
The training itself involves going over policies and procedures, theory, vehicle inspections, determining hours of service, and practical training on the roads. This also gives the new a chance for new drivers to get some practice in as well.
The city has also been doing training with its news and contractor, Cornwall Gravel, which is replacing Cruickshank- Glengarry after winning the five-year contract.
“We have Class 1 roads, which are the main arteries in Cornwall, and Cornwall Gravel will be doing those along with us. They have five units that will be out on the Class 1s with us,” said Sauve. “Cornwall Gravel even hired some of Cruickshank’s drivers, which is great, because they already know the routes.”
With the sand and gravel taken care of, all that leaves is the salt, which Sauve said is also ready to go. The city has also lined up suppliers for a mix of salt and magnesium chloride to de-ice the roads. email@example.com twitter.com/alan_s_hale
Municipal snowplow drivers out doing on-the-road training on Tuesday, in preparation for the first winter snow whenever it may come.