Berwick plows ready to roll

Nancy Kelly
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Town of Berwick public works department

After reviewing storm data from last March, Tim Harding decided it probably wasn’t time to pack away the plows and snow clearing equipment in Berwick. It appears his decision was right on.

Harding, who is the public works supervisor for the town of Berwick, said between March 19 and early April last year the plows were out five times and the salt truck took to the streets of town seven times.

“I had a hunch we weren’t done with winter quite yet.”

He said despite being low on salt, the department is ready to roll out all its equipment when the storm hits today and road conditions begin to deteriorate.

“We have enough salt to get by and mix with sand to provide the coverage we will need,” confirmed Harding, adding all Berwick’s municipal neighbours are “pretty well in the same boat” with respect to salt reserves.

At the March 25 council meeting Harding reported the public works department has experienced a busy year, dealing with 236 centimetres of snow from the beginning of December to the end of February. To date a total of 11 trailer loads of salt, weighing in at 339 metric tonnes, has been been purchased. By this time last year the town had purchased 10 trailer loads of salt.

“We are hoping we can get by on what we have and not have to get any more salt in this season,” he said.

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