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Town of Tonawanda ready for first winter snow

The Town of Tonawanda Highway is prepared for the first significant snowfall of the season, town officials say.

"We've been prepping for the past three weeks," Superintendent Thomas C. Jones II said.

The Town Board has approved an order for 7,000 tons of salt for the winter season, which will be added to "two full barns of salt" or  3,000 tons that remain from last year's mild winter, Jones said.

The town runs 16 computerized plows and four bucket trucks, which cover 349 lane miles. The town also has a snowblower mounted to a front end loader for emergencies, which also is deployed to help other communities. The town also uses a liquid magnesium mixed with molasses, which sticks to the road and can melt snow and ice at 18-degrees below zero. Jones said the substance is also less corrosive to vehicles than traditional road salt.

Jones said there's a little bit of nervousness and excitement as crews prepare for the first storm.

"But once you get the first one or two plows underway, then it's business as usual," he said.


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