Berwick public works staff prepare for another blast of winter

Nancy Kelly
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Berwick public works employees are preparing for another storm bearing down on the region. 

Town of Berwick public work crews are poised for clean up of another storm bearing down on the region.

Public Works superintendent Gary Gould reported another load of road salt was delivered “just in time” before the storm, which is expected to begin late day on Jan. 2 and continue through Jan. 3, bringing snowfall totals between 20-30 centimetres. The load of salt is the fifth one Berwick has received during this winter season.

“It’s been a busy season for winter road maintenance so far,” acknowledged Gould.

Berwick chief administrative officer Don Regan confirmed public works staff “put in a lot of overtime” to keep up with “storm after storm” in December.

“We have used up a fair of bit of salt and it’s safe to say if it stays like this for the rest of the winter, we will be over (the snow clearing) budget,” Regan said.

Gould said Berwick’s snow removal protocol is to clean facilities and streets following a 1-2-3 classification.

“We get to the fire hall, the health centre and EHS first, then do the main arterial roads, then subdivisions, then branch off from there,” explained Gould. He said sidewalk maintenance also follows the same protocol.  He welcomes calls from residents who have concerns about snow removal.

“We are always trying to improve the service.”

Gould said crews generally begin snow clearing between 4:30 and 5 a.m. and will remove snow throughout the day as necessary. The approaching storm is packing high winds, which can play havoc in clean up efforts.

“Trying to keep ahead of the cleanup becomes a continuous cycle with the wind.”

Berwick residents are reminded an overnight parking ban between midnight and 8 a.m. is now in effect to allow snow clearing equipment access to the streets. The ban remains in effect until April 1.

For up-to-date information on the winter storm, visit the live blog or follow #stormTC on Twitter.


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