Winter Operations: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (Morning)

Winter Operations Update: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (Morning)

Shift change occurred at 7 a.m., and 56 crews returned to the streets continuing snow-clearing efforts. Crews have been instructed to plow first and then salt. Efforts remain focused on primary streets this morning.

In the Central business district and in Over the Rhine, crews have been instructed to use  salt sand mixture which will help to further conserve salt supplies.

Once crews are able to start the cleanup on residential streets, that process will take time. Crews will be plowing first and then using salt only on roads once they have been plowed. Crews are going to do everything they can to minimize a lengthy cleanup of residential streets.

However, we want citizens to be aware of what we are facing and understand how frustrating it is. Please be patient as we work as quickly as we can.

Crews are focused on road safety. Every effort is being made to keep the roads as safe as possible with the resources available.

The National Weather Service Forecast

Tonight: Snow...mainly this evening. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Lows 10 to 15. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent. Wind chill as low as zero after midnight.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill as low as 5 below in the morning.

Saturday Night: Cloudy. Snow likely...mainly after midnight. Total snow accumulation around an inch possible. Lows around 20. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Winter Operations Facts

  • Crews started Friday with approximately 4,000 tons of salt on hand. Much of this salt will likely be used during the course of this event.
  • Crews  pretreated streets with a brine mixture as an effective treatment that conserves resources. It takes 40 gallons of brine (using 2 pounds of salt per gallon) to treat one lane mile. In comparison, it takes 400 pounds of granular salt to treat the same area.
  • A salt /sand mix reduces the amount of salt used in an application, and supplements it with sand which works as an abrasive agent which adds traction. The City is using this method of snow and ice control due to the dwindling supply of salt the City has immediate access to.

Holiday Week Delays Garbage Collection

Reminder, Monday, February 17 is Presidents’ Day. City Employees observe this holiday and as a result all residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day next week.

Waste Removal Facts:

  • Call 591-6000 if you have a problem with your trash collection service or to report a stolen or damaged trash cart.
  • Call the recycling hotline 352-3200 to request a recycling cart or to report a missed collection.