Chesapeake runs pre-snow season equipment check

The City of Chesapeake conducted an annual snow season equipment inspection Nov. 15, 2017. (Credit: City of Chesapeake/Twitter.)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Temperatures in November may have been warm from time-to-time, but Chesapeake is gearing up for snow.

The city ran its annual pre-snow season equipment inspection. All of the city’s snow plows and brine trucks were being prepped Wednesday for the upcoming winter season.

Hampton Roads has been hit with at least one major snow storm in each of the past two winters.

“It’s really important to make sure the equipment is in tip top shape. The equipment gets banged up during the season plowing,” said Eric Martin, who is the director of Public Works.

Martin says crews have the responsibility of plowing hundreds of miles of main roads in the city.

“You think of everything from the express way, Greenbrier, Western Branch Boulevard. There’s roads all across the city we need to get cleared and open,” he said.

The city has it’s salt and sand piles stocked.

Martin says they have 1,000 tons of salt in stock and 600 tons of sand.

He also says crews will be able to hit the streets with more manpower.

“This year, we’ve had the largest we’ve ever put on the road in Chesapeake. That’s 38 plow and spreader trucks and another 7 auxillary vehicles,” he said.

Martin says they also have a number of other trucks to help spread brine solution on the roads to help clear the way for hundreds of thousands of Chesapeake residents.

It’s those residents Martin believes will be happy that the department is thinking about snow this early.

“I think citizens can be confident we’re ready and leaning forward. I think we’ll have a good snow season. Hopefully not too much and we encourage people to stay home and off the roads and let us do our job safely,” he said.

For more information about snow preparedness and plans for the City of Chesapeake, you can click here to visit their website. http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/City-Departments/Departments/Public-Works-Department/Weather-Emergencies/Snow-Storms.html.