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Streets Department Prepares for Winter Snow
December 29, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The Streets Department has begun preparations for this weekend’s anticipated inclement weather, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today. 

Current forecasts are calling for 1 inch of snow with temperatures below freezing throughout the day and evening. The Streets Department will have 85 vehicles ready to treat the streets with over 45,000 tons of available salt. Trucks will be dispatched if any accumulation occurs. This is planned to be a salting operation of highways, primary and secondary roads, bridge decks and streets in higher elevations. Salting of roads will not begin until the snow arrives. The size of the Department’s salting operation will depend on the forecast at the time, but crews will be on standby for deployment. 
A brine solution was used in areas with higher elevation, along the sports complex area, the Mummer’s Parade Route and Roosevelt Blvd. Thursday evening and Friday morning. Citizens are urged to use caution while traveling as temperatures are expected to be below freezing and can cause slippery conditions along with accumulated ice. Motorists are advised to slow down and leave plenty of room in front of them to deal with sudden stopping. In addition, be mindful of wet leaves which can create slippery residue. 
Streets Department crews are currently checking all equipment to be ready for the deployment. Crews will remain on-duty overnight to monitor roadways and respond to problem locations and emergencies.
Salting is more effective than plowing when low snow accumulations and temperatures are expected.  Plowing can leave behind a sheet of ice. In these conditions, salt mixed into the snow by traffic allows the accumulation to become a "crunchy" snow, which allows for slush to develop providing traction, and a safer road surface than a sheet of ice.
Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams urges citizens to follow these simple tips for a successful snow and ice management partnership: 
·         Have shovels and de-icing supplies ready.
·         Salt steps and sidewalks early to prevent sticking.