Monday, November 29, 2010
To help prepare for winter, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services held its annual Storm Summit on November 4. County Executive Isiah Leggett kicked off the event that brings together County crews and contractors to review the latest improved snow removal strategies. Highway Services partners with private contractors to supplement the County’s snow removal resources when needed. During the February blizzards, nearly 1,000 pieces of contractor equipment were used.
The day before the summit, snow plow operators held a practice drill by simulating a six-inch snow storm. The “mock” snow storm gave staff the opportunity to run their plow routes, test equipment and procedures, and familiarize new drivers with their routes.
Having experienced more than 100 inches of snow and ice last season, MCDOT is prepared for the worst that Mother Nature may throw at us this season. Last winter, the County received more than 100 inches of snow or ice. A key to MCDOT’s readiness is the Storm Operation Center, where staff manages clean-up operations using state-of-the-art technology to monitor conditions and target resources.
When a snow storm hits, residents can access storm information on the County’s website or by calling 311.
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