DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Public Works Departments all throughout the area have been battling this weekend’s snowstorm for hours, many of them starting yesterday in advance of the storm.
By 6 a.m. Saturday, there were 41 plow drivers clearing snow in Dayton. Trucks moved in and out of the city’s salt dome all day long, filling up on material to lay on city streets.
US 35 and Route 4 were both a main focus for crews, but they are also out working hard on the primary roadways.
If you are a City of Dayton resident wondering why your neighborhood isn’t plowed, it’s because there needs to be at least four inches of snow for the trucks to come through.
“We’re going to get there, we want to make sure that we do not lose the primary roads and the highways, so you have to make sure that you keep those cleared, get those salted so that you don’t get too much build-up and get anything turning to ice. So if you keep it cleared off, you will be able to handle that, and we’ll get into the neighborhoods,” says Tom Ritchie Jr., Public Works Deputy Director.
Ritchie says even when the snow stops, trucks will still be on the roads. They will be clearing up leftover snow and putting down salt to prevent re-freezing.
With snow coming down all day long and a Level 1 Snow Emergency declared for Montgomery County, it takes a lot of work to keep up roads safe. “Staying on it and staying after it, and not letting it get away from you. That’s what we’ve been doing. Constantly running the routes, constantly plowing, putting down salt,” Ritchie said.