FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
Snow Update: Snow operations end
(Lawrence, Kan.) – The City of Lawrence street maintenance crews completed their first round of official snow operations for the winter at 8 a.m. today. Crews began pre-treatment operations on Sunday and worked through 8 a.m. this morning to clear snow and slush from roadways. Today’s temperatures are well above freezing and there is a healthy dose of salt and sand mixture on the roadways to help melt remaining snow.
The city’s in-house testing of a new salt brine solution for pre-treatment and the pre-wetting of materials appeared to be effective in areas where it was applied.
“Our supervisors noted that in areas where we applied the pre-treatment, it took up to four hours less for the roadways to be clear and snow to be melted,” said Mark Thiel, assistant director of Public Works. “There are 811 miles of roadway in the City of Lawrence; 273 miles of roadway with the pre-treatment solution on Sunday. Crews noted that areas that were pre-treated had less snow pack and the salt and sand worked faster and more effectively than dry treatments alone.”
The city targeted main roadways and roads with steeper grades for pre-treatment.
“Crews worked throughout the day yesterday to basically clear slush from the roadways,” said Thiel. “The various treatment methods and plowing operations were effective and we’ve closed the book on this latest snow event.”
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