Numerous parts of the Twin Tiers recently saw its first snowfall of this winter season. When roads become icy, that’s when members of the Steuben County Public Works Department step in.
The Mt. Washington salt shed, located in Bath, currently stores about 2,000 tons of salt. This is equivalent to about $100,000 in tax payer money.
County-wide, about 20,000 tons of salt will be used on county roads throughout the winter season. This equates to about $1 million in tax payer money.
The DPW manages about 700 roads throughout Steuben County. This is the third largest county road operation in New York State.
“We have to use the loader, we go in and scoop up probably five, six tons in the bucket, dump it into the sander,” Shawn Thompson, Supervisor for the DPW, said.
Generally, the bigger plow trucks can run about 17 miles, spreading about six tons of salt per round.
The trucks typically drive at about 20 miles per hour. For safety reasons, the DPW advised for the public not to take over or tailgate their trucks on the road.
“Truck stops quickly, if you’re tailgating, you’ll have a crash with our truck, you want to be careful you don’t want that to happen,” Vincent Spagnoletti, Commissioner for the DPW, said.
“I was plowing along and some lady came at me and she was fishtailing right in front of me,” Thompson said. “I had to stop, luckily, she didn’t hit me, she hit a mailbox and wound up in the ditch, but that’s just what happens, people need to slow down.”