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Featured: Winter Weather Preparations
November is here and winter is fast approaching. The City’s Street Department is gearing up for inclement weather to keep everyone safe in the coming months.
Brine and salt are the two treatments used in the event of winter weather. Brine is a salt and water mixture that keeps snow from bonding to the asphalt, added as a pre-treatment process four years ago. Up to 72 hours before a storm, the brining process begins. It takes 13,500 gallons to brine the entire city. Neighborhood streets and less traveled roads, known as tertiary roads, are brined first followed by primary and secondary roads closer to the storm.
The rule of thumb for winter storms is that 1” of snow or less can be treated with brine alone. It is possible to salt away up to 2” of snow, but anything over 3” is typically salted and plowed. It takes 45-55 tons of salt to treat only primary and secondary roads. Treating the whole city requires 85-100 tons of salt during each storm.
Traditionally, salt has been sprayed with calcium chloride as it comes out of the spreader on the truck to make it melt quicker. At the beginning of 2018, the City is switching from calcium chloride to Beet Heet, a beet juice mixture that is less corrosive. There will likely be no visible difference on the roadways because the Beet Heet will be applied to the salt, rather than directly to the asphalt. Spraying Beet Heet on the salt as it comes out of the truck lowers the temperature at which salt works to between 10 and 15 degrees below 0.
Crews work hard to clear the streets as quickly and effectively as possible when winter weather hits. In the event of a significant storm, it is helpful for anyone who is able to park in their driveway to do so.
Jillian Rhoades, PE
City Engineer Jill Rhoades holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Civil Engineering. She has been in public service since 2011, previously serving as the Miami County Sanitary Engineer before coming to the City of Troy. After serving as Assistant City Engineer for a year and a half, she was promoted to City Engineer. In her position, Jill oversees the Street, Refuse, Electric, Water, Sewer, Storm, and Engineering Departments. Jill is a member of the American Public Works Association and serves on the MVRPC Technical Advisory Committee. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children. In her free time, Jill enjoys being an active member of the Webster United Methodist Church, sports, and spending time at the beach.