Road Crews Fighting Winter Weather Around the Clock

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- This winter weather has road crews practically glued to the seats of their rigs. Employees at Lansing Public Works and the Ingham County Road Department have been working non-stop since the ice storm hit last Saturday.

"It's been a busy two weeks here," said Scott House, with Lansing Public Service.

Since Tuesday, salt trucks for the city have laid more than 600 tons of salt, but their being conservative according to House.

"Typically we don't see this much in December. We're definitely hitting the budget harder and sooner."

Salt trucks have been limited to only salting the most heavily travel intersections, hills, curves, and stops.

"With the temperatures the salt isn't that effective right now anyway and since we are still plowing it'll get scraped off and wasted. We'll do a major salting on Friday when the weathers better," said Bill Conklin, with Ingham County Road Department.

The storms couldn't have hit at a worse time. Low staffed for the holidays some workers had to pull double duty, and the overtime is quickly piling up.

"It's always hard on the overtime budget when we have this much activities over the holidays. Plus, our guys come in three hours early on days like this," said Conklin.

But the snow is only part of the worries. Picking up debris from last Saturday's ice storm has had to be put on hold for the time being.

"Normally the Road Commission would pick that up, but we are encouraging people to remove that with their other yard debris. With the weather being the way it is on the roads, it's going to be several months before we get caught up," said Conklin.

Contact your local public works department to find out if they are doing anything special for debris clean-up. Some townships will pick it up, while others are requiring homeowners to get rid of it themselves.

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