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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
For Immediate Release

BCEO READIES FOR SNOW AND ICE CONTROL SEASON

Winter readiness is the theme this week at the Butler County Engineer's Office as road crews review snow and ice control procedures and make necessary preparations for the chill that lies ahead. County Engineer Greg Wilkens says that driver safety training and maintenance analyses are critical components of the snow and ice control program.

"Our crews review how to conduct a detailed safety inspection of their trucks, plow blade replacement, calcium fill procedures, tire chain utilization, and emergency procedures for a stuck vehicle or an accident," he said. "They also drive their assigned routes to re-familiarize themselves with the roads and any areas that may be tricky or pose unusual maneuvering issues. Sometimes things can change from one year to the next as a result of a project, resurfacing, or utility placement. Safety for our drivers is very important."

The Engineer's Office also wants to keep the traveling public safe by educating them about safe winter driving and how to utilize caution when driving around salt trucks and snow plows. Tips can be found on the Snow and Ice Control page here on the BCEO web site.

Salt Supplies

While the flurries have already flown, accumulating snow and ice are not common in southwest Ohio until later in November. When the heavier stuff comes, not only will crews be ready, but salt supplies will be plentiful. Salt for the upcoming winter has already been delivered to the BCEO's 6,500-ton on-site salt barn.

A contract was awarded last summer to North American Salt Company, which submitted a low bid of $45.50 per ton. The BCEO spreads about 4,500 tons of salt in an average Butler County winter. Last winter 3,933 tons of salt were used to treat County roads.

BCEO crews are responsible for keeping 269 miles of County roads safe and passable with separate trucks assigned to thirteen different snow and ice control routes.

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BCEO Snowfighters
BCEO Snowfighters Team 1
BCEO Snowfighters Team 2
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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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