Road conditions improving in Steuben County

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Snowfall hit the Twin Tiers on Wednesday morning, especially in Steuben County. 

"It started badly," Public Works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said. "The snow starting around 7 o'clock (A.M.) in Hammondsport and the hills up out of Hammondsport on those roads, it was tough to get up them."

Spagnoletti says it came down earlier in Corning than it did in the northern areas of the county, but overall they were in good shape as the day went on. Plows are timed to leave when the storm is expected to reach the respective areas.

Not all counties, though, use the same method for snow removal. Steuben uses both sand and salt. As of Wednesday afternoon, one barn at one of their highway shops contained 1,500 tons of salt plus 820 tons of sand and salt mix. 

"It's kind of a battle on what to use," Shawn Thompson, the motor equipment operator supervisor, said. "My preference is salt, but other people want sand for the grit."

Thompson says it takes longer to clean up roads in the aftermath when sand is also used as opposed to solely using salt. 

Communication is key though on days like this one to figure out how much material is needed and what needs to be replenished. 

As for the ice and snow budget, it's holding well so far as it hasn't been a severe winter, but it doesn't take much for that to change because a two-day storm easily eats up $250,000.

Some final words of advice: be careful. 

"You get lulled and you think you're alright, (but then) you put the brakes on at the stop sign and you slide through the intersection," Spagnoletti added. "The other thing going up a hill, don't assume you can get up it."

As of 4:45 P.M. on Wednesday, there were no reports of motor vehicle accidents throughout the whole day.


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