West Hartford Department of Public Works Deploys Personnel for Snowfall [Updated]

Director of Public Works John Phillips says all roads have been treated with at least one salt application.

[Updated 4:35 p.m.] DPW Director John Phillips provided the following updated: 

Accumulating snow has ended across the region. The West Hartford Department of Public Works will complet a second salt treatment for the evening rush hour.
We anticipate a hard freeze to occur as temperatures are expected to drop.

Crews will be on standby well into the night monitoring any refreezing issues that can occur. This storm did not require much in the way of snow plowing. However we did have to make two town-wide salt applications to maintain our roads as safe as we could.

Please drive with extreme caution tonight.

[Updated 1:45 p.m.]
The roads in West Hartford are in fair-to-good shape, according to Department of Public Works Director John Phillips. 

The temperature has remained above freezing for most of the day, which makes the salt application very effective, Phillips said. 

West Hartfprd schools have been let out early.

"DPW crews are now prepared for the afternoon rush hour strategy, which will take into account the dropping temperature and possibly an additional inch of accumulation before the snow leaves the greater-West Hartford area by 5 p.m.," Phillips said. "For the most part this storm has had a minor impact on our roads. It is very likely we will experience black ice tonight as we do not anticipate the roads to dry before the temperature drop well below freezing tonight."

Phillips advised people who are traveling to "drive with extreme caution and anticipate slippery conditions."

[Original Story] As a result of the current snowfall, the West Hartford Department of Public Works has deployed personnel all over town, according to DPW Director John Phillips. 

"We are experiencing  a wide range of conditions all over town," Phillips said. "However all roads have had at least one salt application."

Less-traveled roads may look like they have snow cover, Phillips said, but the salt is on the road, which will minimize freezing and snow pack.

Town arterial roads are in wet to slushy condition, Phillips said.

"WHDPW will be working hard to maintain road conditions as best as we can," Phillips said.


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