Snow Fight: A Flurry of Activity Occurs Across the Nation When the White Stuff Starts Falling

This article describes the measures taken by Charlotte, North Carolina's street maintenance division when confronted with the large amounts of snow and ice to clear from the roadways. Also discussed is the smaller operation of Park Ridge, Illinois, which deals with massive amounts of snow and ice each season. Charlotte experiences five and a half inches of snow on average each year, and must plow this snow from its 4,500 lane miles of roadway under its jurisdiction. To such ends, operators often shift the job duties of its extant workforce into snowplow crews working two 12-hour shifts. The crew also operates 12 salt spreaders and uses a supplemental staff working to coordinate and supply the spreading vehicles with brine. Park Ridge experiences about 38 inches of snow on average each year, although maintains fewer streets than Charlotte at 121 miles of roadway. Park Ridge also adjusts its public works employees’ typical duties during a storm so as to plow all roads as quickly as possible.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 40-41
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  • Accession Number: 01047140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2007 2:24PM