ACHD has begun winter operations training and preparation in anticipation of the official start date for winter operations of October 30th. The training includes classroom-style instruction, crews checking equipment, reviewing safety procedures, and driving their assigned winter operations routes. This annual training is an important step for new employees, and a good "refresher course" for more senior team members. "We start preparing for winter operations early so that both equipment and staff are ready when the first snow flies," said Tim Nicholson, Deputy Director of Maintenance.
ACHD's current roadway inventory consists of more than 5,050 lane miles and 4,216 cul-de-sacs.
The addition of new salt sheds at both the Adams and Cloverdale facilities has allowed ACHD to store 12,000 tons
of rock salt and a sand/salt mixture.
Blue dye will be added to the salt again this year, which lends visibility to the plow operators, as well as those traveling on the roadways. The blue dye assists in reducing the risk of over application and helps to reduce operational costs.
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