ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The city’s snowplows have been coming and out of the salt yard all day, filling up their trucks then heading back out onto city streets. It is the same routine as in years past but there’s something different this year. They’re driving new snow plows and a few even have a feature to help keep the roads clear even before the flakes start flying.
Rockford drivers spent the day navigating on slushy, and sometimes snow-covered roads but they also shared the roads with the city’s 20 brand new snow plows.
It was a busy day at the city yard as the trucks were filled with salt to spread on roads but two of the shiny new trucks have a new feature to keep our roads clear. They can spread liquid to keep roads clear before a storm. Until now, crews had to spread the liquid with the salt once the roads are already covered.
“It not only helps keep the streets clear but it’s a little easier on the bridge infrastructure,” said Public Works Superintendent Mark Stockman.
This round of snow wasn’t enough for city crews to use the plows, but it was a good chance for drivers to test out the new fleet.
“You want to get them out there, get out the bugs, and get them ready so when the major stuff comes later on we don’t have any issues with minor little things going wrong,” said Stockman.
Stockman says it was warm enough that most of the snow that fell, melted once it hit the roads so there wasn’t much freezing.
The city council approved buying the new fleet back in 2011 along with a number of other city vehicles.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Due to the recent snow fall causing slippery driving conditions the Rockford Police Department is responding to several traffic crashes. Due to the call load the Rockford Police Department is under the Emergency Accident Plan.
All traffic crashes involving minor damage where both vehicles are driveable the drivers should exchange information and come to the Front Desk of the Public Safety Building to fill out an traffic crash report.
Routine calls for police services can be delayed this morning.
Public Works is salting arterial streets in an effort to reduce traffic crashes.