Greenfield DPW prepping roadways with salt to ensure safety during snowstorm

Franklin County

In anticipation of Thursday night’s winter weather, Greenfield’s DPW took pre-emptive action, pre-treating town roads with salt before the snow came down.

“When the snow starts to fall the salt starts working instantly and we’ll carry over into the night see how much snow we get,” said Michael Duclos, assistant field superintendent of the Greenfield DPW. “If we get up to two to three inches, we will transition over to plowing.”

So if plowing is required, the Greenfield DPW could deploy as many as 30 pieces of equipment.

At the start of the season, Duclos told 22News, hilly areas and gravel roads are usually the main issues. And when it comes to Greenfield’s less traveled roads, conditions can go downhill quickly.

“It’s going to get icy tonight I believe and then early morning when it changes over to rain and ice it’s going to be slippery also,” said John Graves, who works for the DPW. “So be careful driving out there.”

Greenfield has five salt trucks spreading a layer of salt, making sure the first flakes that fall, melt when they hit.

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