Jamestown Road Crews Gearing Up For Arctic Cold Temperatures

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JAMESTOWN – Road crews in Jamestown are gearing up for arctic cold temperatures this week.

The City of Jamestown Department of Public Works is restocking their supply of salt and sand after they used around 400 tons during the winter storm on Monday.

According to Senior Civil Engineer Mark Schlemmer, salt doesn’t work as well in extremely cold temperatures. That’s why crews mix in fine sand to help combat hazards like black ice.

“It’s about the traction, giving some grit, something to grab onto, and then when the temperatures warm up, we will get some salt back out there to help melt off that hardpack,” explained Schlemmer.

He says it is also important to pay attention to walkways and make sure sidewalks in front of private residents are not only clear of snow from Monday’s storm, but free from ice as well.


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