BEATRICE – Beatrice City Street Superintendent Jason Moore acknowledges it’s better than being 300 miles farther north, as a winter storm rips through the northern plains.
Moore’s street crews are ready for snow, when it does fly in our area.
:28 “trying to plow snow”
Plows have been inspected, blades ready to go….so that trucks could be hooked to them and be out on the streets within an hour. Preparations were finalized about the first of November.
Moore says if the snow would hold off a few more weeks, that would be just fine.
:17 “sunny days”
Moore says the city is in good shape, with a carryover of about 200 tons of rock salt from last season, and the purchase of an additional 700 tons for this season. He also says the department has about 10,000 gallons of de-icing liquid in storage. He says the use of that liquid has worked out well in the city, because it’s applied to road surfaces prior to a snow or ice storm hitting the area.
:25 “the bottom, up”
Moore says with a two-inch snowfall, applying the liquid beforehand also shortens the time from four hours, to about two-and-a-half hours to make one pass through the entire city.
:04 “overtime, also”
Moore says rock salt can be stored for a long time. Some types of de-icing liquid, such as salt-brine……will settle in solid form to the bottom. Moore says the city uses what’s called an apex-meltdown material.
:11 “a de-icer”
The superintendent says the liquid is not harmful to vehicle paint. He says the department applies it in a very small amount on the road surface….and it is then spread by vehicle tires driving over it.