County Roads Division prepares for 2015-16 snow, ice removal season

Photo courtesy of Wayne County. Wayne County salt trucks and snowplows are ready for the 2015-16 snow and ice season, County Roads Division Director Robert Conrad said.

Photo courtesy of Wayne County. Wayne County salt trucks and snowplows are ready for the 2015-16 snow and ice season, County Roads Division Director Robert Conrad said.

Wayne County Roads Division is prepared for the 2015-16 snow and ice season, said Robert Conrad, division director.

Road crews remain ready to clear paths for motorists who travel the 99 routes Wayne County is responsible for clearing during the winter season.

Besides the short-lived snow emergency that occurred a few weeks ago that helped Wayne County roads crews sharpen their skills, Conrad said his team has been taking the necessary steps to prepare for the day when a major snow storm hits the area.

“All of our snow plows have received their routine maintenance checks, our salt deliveries have been received,” Conrad said. “Our drivers are ready to hit the roadway at the next sign of snow fall.”

“Wayne County’s goal is to keep our roads as safe as possible for motorists by providing timely and effective snow removal service across our 43 communities,” County Executive Warren Evans said. “Our dedicated road crews are seasoned snow and ice removal experts. I expect they will match their outstanding performance from last winter.”

Snow Removal, Reporting and Monitoring with Compass

Wayne County maintains more than 4,450 lane miles of primary roadway during snow and ice season by covering 99 routes that have been specially designed to help county road crews remove the snow and ice in an efficient and timely manner.

At the beginning of a snow storm, crews are called in and assigned a route to clear. Drivers work around the clock during a snow storm to clear all primary roads down to bare pavement.

The Roads Division has approximately 160 salt trucks and plows that are equipped with GPS technology. Eighteen of the snow plow trucks are equipped with real time video dashboard cameras that can be viewed by the public on Wayne County’s web-based road monitoring application called “Compass.”

“Wayne County Compass is a great tool to assist residents and visitors in staying informed during a winter snow storm,” Conrad said. “Using Compass, people can view live video streams from our snow plows, access real time views from MDOT traffic cameras, learn what county roads have been traveled by a snow plow and better manage their commutes.”

Compass can be accessed by going to compass.waynecounty.com.

Wayne County has committed to remaining visible and responsive throughout the upcoming snow and ice season, ensuring that the public stays informed of their efforts to keep them safe, Conrad said. Commuters encountering a hazardous road condition are welcome to report it to the county’s 24-hour road hazard hotline at 888-ROAD CREW (762-3273).