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Plowing and Road Maintenance: Is Gwinnett County Prepared for the Snow?

How many plows will be on the roads? How many county employees will be on hand? Here's what you need to know.

Is Gwinnett County ready for the snow storm? (Patch file)
Is Gwinnett County ready for the snow storm? (Patch file)
The snow is rolling into Gwinnett County. The National Weather Service is forecasting one to two inches to fall on our area Tuesday into Wednesday.

So just how prepared is Gwinnett County for a storm of this magnitude? Here's a breakdown of the county's equipment, supplies and staff:
  • Six snow plows, one for each of the county's maintenance districts.
  • 18 salt and sand spreader gates, or three in each district.
  • Salt and sand mixtures stockpiled at five locations in Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Grayson, Buford and Duluth.
  • 50 county Road Maintenance employees will be working throughout the county.
  • About 15 to 20 employees will be available to clear any fallen trees and another 15 should there be signal outages.
  • Three crew members will be "on-call" to respond to after hours storm calls.
County spokesperson Joe Sorenson says all the trucks and equipment have been tested to make sure they're up and running when needed. 

"Superintendents and other management personnel will assess the situation and activate additional personnel and resources as appropriate, given the type and severity of the storm, number of calls received and time of day," said Sorenson.

The county will pay special attention to icy and snowy conditions on local bridges, major intersections and roadways and be on the lookout for accidents as well.

--What do you think about the county's plan? Tell us in the comments section below.

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