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City crews preparing for snow removal ahead of first flakes

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The temperatures might still be in the 70's and the leaves have not been picked up yet, but City of Toledo street crews are getting ready for snow and ice control.

The plows have not been pressed into service for the past several months, but now the street crews are focusing on getting all of the equipment in working order, drivers are reviewing their routes, and new drivers are getting caught up to speed.

Commissioner Dave Pratt says a big change people should notice this year, the city will be doing more pre-treatment activity before a snow storm arrives.

"A lot like what you've seen ODOT do in the past on expressways, we're going to be adding salt brine also to city streets on major thoroughfares and bridges. We've got 7, 26-hundred-gallon units that will be doing this," said Pratt.  

The city has 74,000 tons of salt on hand to put in those plow trucks when the snow starts to fall. On average the city uses 36-thousand tons of salt per year.    

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