Milford is getting ready for snow clearing operations

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The city of Milford is ready to tackle this season’s snow. Thomas Hunt who is a highway foreman for the city of Milford said they want to be ahead of the game.

Hunt said, “We’ve had an October Nor’easter that hit us years ago we don’t want to be stuck in that situation.” Crews are getting the sanders ready and painting the plows and the trucks.

“So Painting the frames and the plows it’s very important to do that to keep the fleet going,” added Hunt. Yearly maintenance is must. Hunt says molasses and salt corrode the equipment. This year Milford is adding something new, a salt paste. The paste will be put down two days prior to a storm.

“It’s got the brine with salt mixture. It goes down as a thick paste applied in the middle of the road,” Hunt added.

This is where the salt is stored. Crews put down 175 tons of salt on city streets. that is 283 miles of road before every storm. Hunt said, “The salt and molasses we will apply that in the colder months. This salt paste will be in the warmer months like December.” This city has 700 tons of rock salt, 600 tons of molasses– backhoes, plow trucks and payloaders to take on the snow. “With the Farmers Almanac they say we are going to have harsh winter,” added Hunt. He told News 8 the new equipment is worth it. Hunt added, “This material here it just keeps eating the snow. You want black roads, we are going to have black roads.”

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