Win­ter — it’s com­ing

Now is the time road crews are pre­par­ing for the in­evitable on­slaught

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN S. HALE

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. ahale@post­media.com twit­ter.com/alan_s_hale

ALAN S. HALE/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Mu­nic­i­pal snow­plow driv­ers out do­ing on-the-road train­ing on Tues­day, in prepa­ra­tion for the first win­ter snow when­ever it may come.

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