While winter snow can make for a picture-perfect photo, it can be a challenge for road crews tasked with keeping roads safe for motorists. That’s why the Holly Springs Public Works Department starts testing winter weather equipment in November and has already stockpiled sand and salt to make sure the Town is ready for the first storm of the season.
“When we know snow and ice are predicted for Holly Springs, we send our crews out before the storm arrives to pretreat roadways,” said Melissa Harden, Holly Springs Public Works Street Manager.
After snow starts accumulating, crews begin full-scale operation. Major roads get top priority and are cleared first.
“The primary goal is to keep the large thoroughfares passable for emergency vehicle access and public safety,” Harden said, noting that even after the snow has stopped falling, crews may need several hours to complete snow removal on the town’s most heavily traveled arteries.
Once major thoroughfares are cleared, plows proceed into neighborhoods, focusing on main roads and streets within subdivisions. Side streets and cul-de-sacs come last.
Crews operating up to ten trucks simultaneously tackle designated zones within the Town – the same zones as yard waste collection.
“This approach to treating zones is consistent with yard waste collection and is intended to help residents understand our progress toward completing snow removal activity,” Harden said.
Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets with steep inclines may be bypassed by snowplows; these areas are extremely slick and difficult to navigate, and the risk of damage to property is high.
Plows will bypass streets with vehicles parked on both sides until the streets are clear.
“We ask residents to move vehicles off the streets at the onset of snow or ice conditions to expedite clearing activity,” Harden said. “We also request that residents exercise care in areas where snow removal operations are underway.”
Garbage and recycling trucks face the same challenges in these areas; large vehicles are heavy and may become stuck and have difficulty stopping and steering. Until cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets can be safely traveled, a delay in waste collection may be experienced.