Western Massachusetts cities and towns prepare for next round of winter weather

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Many western Massachusetts cities and towns have been getting ready for our next round of winter weather.

The city of Westfield has a plan in place to deal with winter storms.

It’s February, and as we’ve come to expect this time of year, another round of winter weather will be impacting western Massachusetts.

Westfield Assistant Director of Public Works Francis Cain told 22News, “We’re out pre-treating the side streets to get those done and prepared, and as we get closer to the event we’ll do our main roads and get the best use of the product.”

The Westfield Department of Public Works will also be using their storm operations center. When a storm is forecast, they create a storm event and send a text to their contractors to notify them when they’ll be needed.

They’re also able to track the 60 different hired contractors from the operations center.

Westfield Deputy Superintendent of Public Works Casey Berube told 22News, “We issue our hired plow vendors GPS radio communication devices so we can watch and see where they’re at. We’ll actually give them assigned routes.”

They also monitor the forecast from the operations center as well.

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