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A VIEW FROM THE SNOW PLOW
It is Saturday morning, February 21st, and the snow has just started to fall around 10am. Today I have been invited by Twin Oaks Landscaping , to monitor the process of snow plowing and salting our Stonebridge roads. What and when actually happens? You and I are about to find out.
Saturday 10:00 AM
The snow begins to fall and the forecast calls for 3-6 inches during the day.
12:30-1:00 PM
Twin Oaks and I ride in their pickup truck to measure the snow depth at various locations in Stonebridge. We stop at nearly a dozen places where the snow is undisturbed, where the wind has not blown the snow and far enough from the curb. We check all three entrances to Stonebridge,,multiple areas of Stonebridge Drive, and several courts. The average snow depth is 1 inch with a range from 0.5 to 1.25 inches. The Stonebridge contract specification calls for plowing to start within three hours after measuring 1.5 inches of accumulation. So at 1 PM with the intensity of the snowfall starting to increase, Twin Oaks notifies their crews to report in for work at 3:45pm. Why wait nearly three hours to start plowing? We will discuss that soon.
4:00 PM
Three separate trucks begin to plow snow at each of the entrances to Stonebridge : the Ponds, Lohr Road and Maple Road. As soon as these entrances have been plowed, they then are salted. Two other trucks have also started to plow. After the three entrances have been completed, all five trucks are now plowing Stonebridge Drive and the courts. Various sized trucks are utilized. The smallest trucks do the short courts and the largest trucks do the main circle drive.
4:30 PM
The snow has stopped but it is still very windy. The snowfall depth is about 2.5 inches.
7:00-8:00 PM
All the snow plowing has been completed throughout Stonebridge. Since the snow stopped falling a half an hour after the plowing began, there is less than 1.5 inches of new accumulation. In fact, there is only a light dusting. Had 1.5 or more inches of snow fallen since the plowing began Twin Oaks would have started the plowing over again, which probably would have taken another three hours to complete. This is the reason that plowing usually does not start until nearly three hours after accumulation of 1.5 inches of snow. This is the normal standard practice in the industry.
With all the snow plowing completed at 7pm, the salt trucks now began to distribute salt at all the intersections within Stonebridge. Additionally, starting at 7pm, mailbox areas were shoveled and salted and our sidewalks were plowed and calcium chloride applied as needed.
8:00 PM
After four hours of work; the plowing and salting of the three entrances, the plowing and salting of the rest of the roads, shoveling the mailbox areas, and plowing the sidewalks were completed. Four hours for only 2.5 inches of snow. Had it been a heavier wet snow, it probably would have taken longer. Had we had more than 5 inches of snow, the total time would have been closer to 8 hours.
Sunday 7:00-8:00 AM
A dusting of snow, less than 0.5 inches, had accumulated overnight. When there is less than 1.5 inches of snow, the Stonebridge contract specification calls for salting of the three entrances and all other intersections. Twin Oaks sent out trucks to salt these areas.
If there had not been any snow this morning, Twin Oaks would have driven a pickup truck through three Stonebridge entrances to check for icy conditions. If icy conditions existed, then salt would be applied immediately.
Gusty winds were still blowing on Sunday. 80% of the sidewalks were totally clear but approximately 20% was again snow covered due to the blowing winds in sporadic areas throughout Stonebridge. The winds did not abate until Tuesday morning, at which time the snow blown areas were again plowed by Twin Oaks.
Summary
I hope this VIEW FROM THE SNOW PLOW was helpful to you in understanding the snow and ice removal process and timing in Stonebridge. I know that the amount of time it takes for this process really surprised me. Please remember that the time frame presented here only applies to this storm. The depth and wetness of the snow can vary the timing greatly.
Please drive according to the weather and report any road conditions concerns to Mariah Page Wilson at Select Management at 663-1900 ext 220.
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