The City of Cleveland's snow removal fleet was out Friday morning pre-treating city roads with salt and liquid de-icer. With 2-3 inches of accumulation expected between now and 10:00 pm, crews will be staffed to salt and clear streets as needed.
The Division of Streets has over 22,000 tons of salt on-hand and 48 trucks ready to cover 54 routes around the city.
In the event of a heavy snow fall, the Division of Streets will utilize the City's GIS based city-wide priority routing in order to help ensure efficiency. Drivers will follow the district level routing system that has been enhanced by the City's GIS based system for normal snow falls.
Measures being implemented this winter are the use of environmentally friendly materials such as salt brine and an organic based, corrosion inhibited, liquid anti-icer/de-icer, pre-wetting agent that can be used at much lower temperatures.
Salt brine is less corrosive and is safer than the previously used calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, and is said to be significantly more cost effective. Other advantages to pre-treating with salt brine, and/or a liquid anti-icer/de-icer include providing a barrier between the pavement and ice; activating the salt prior to contacting the road surface; it also reduces the scattering of salt when used at the spinner.
As always, the goal is to have all streets serviced within 24 to 36 hours from when snow stops falling, depending on the actual amount of snow fall. Work will be ongoing until main thoroughfares are clear and residential streets are serviced.