TRURO – A week after town sidewalks were covered with a few feet of snow from an end of March storm, the sidewalks were continuously covered with salt on Tuesday as sleet rained down.
Ice pellets blanketed Queen Street in Truro Tuesday morning.
“Our crews went out salting with four machines at about 4 a.m.,” Andrew MacKinnon, director of public works for the Town of Truro, said on Tuesday after freezing rain, ice pellets and flurries had been falling. “They’re still out now, so they’re at least on their second sweep.”
With a blizzard blazing through the region last Wednesday, MacKinnon estimated some sidewalks would take a couple of days before they were cleared. The snow was so high and heavy, the operators had to break out the snowblowers instead of just the sidewalk plows.
MacKinnon said the crews would cease salting the sidewalks Tuesday evening, however start back up again at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
“That’s actually our normal practice,” he explained. “We would let the snow accumulate during the night and start early in the morning to have the downtown sidewalks and those around the schools cleared before 8 a.m.”
He said the condition of the sidewalks Tuesday afternoon were still snow-covered.
“It’s just relentless with the snow coming down, but at least there’s some salt for a little bit of traction,” he said.