Town plows continue laying salt on sidewalks

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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.

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Geographic location: Truro

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  • 49 Archibald St
    April 02, 2014 - 15:04

    I don't mind them salting but why take part of my lawn ,they should be able to steer them or maybe it time for a gps.

  • RegReader
    April 02, 2014 - 13:55

    Someone needs to look long and hard at the sidewalk clearing process. For years I've noticed how many times the sidewalk machine goes up and down our street... far too many if you ask me. In addition, it goes by when the sidewalks are bare and scrapes it's blade further damaging them. I agree with having them on the main roads... but let people do their own sidewalk clearing... our town doesn't have that kind of money.