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Friday, January 03, 2014

Working Around the Clock, Public Works’ Final Cleanup

By James Lomuscio

Snowplows today were doing final clean ups, and several hundred tons of salt and sand have been spread over Westport’s roads for the year’s first snowstorm, said Stephen Edwards, director of the Department of Public Works. Westport measured between 6 and 8 inches.

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A worker clears the snow today on Riverside Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

“My men have been on the clock, essentially working since 7 o’clock Thursday morning when they reported to work,” Edwards said. “When it was time to release them at 3, we held them over.”

Early evening, before the snow and wind kicked in, Public Works crews were busy putting down salt and pretreatment chemicals that prevent the roads from icing “in anticipation of the snow building up,” Edwards said.

“It makes the snow easier to scoop up,” he said.

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