June 19, 2012 — With Ozone Action Days popping up right and left this summer, to cool things off a bit, let’s talk about Winter Maintenance success stories from around the region. Besides, now is the optimum time to plan ahead for next winter’s maintenance challenges.
City of Auburn Hills Winter Maintenance Efficiencies
Winter road maintenance programs challenge local governments for many reasons – rising salt costs, selecting effective deicing products, rising fuel costs, reduced staff, and budget constraints. There are additional concerns over the impact deicing materials can have on the environment and infrastructure. Auburn Hills has implemented some innovative practices. Despite salt price increases of $17.67/ton, or 62 percent over recent years, new winter operation procedures have lowered their deicing product expenses from $105,723 to $65,419 (38 percent savings) since 2008 while concurrently improving deicing capabilities. New procedures implemented include:
- Install Pre-wet systems on salt trucks to spray water on the salt at a rate of 12-16 gallons per ton of salt just before applying to the roadway
- Blade off all moisture on the roadway prior to salting
- Reduce salt application rate from 800 lbs. to 400 lbs. per lane mile
- Expand training program and simplified procedures
For more information, contact Don Grice, Deputy Director, Auburn Hills Department of Public Services, 1827 N. Squirrel Road Auburn Hills, MI 48326, (248) 370-9400,eE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
And click the following links from SEMCOG’s AgileGov searchable database for more winter deicing savings ideas:
Stay cool this summer and plan ahead for next winter now! SEMCOG is very involved with bringing our member communities together to talk about best practices in winter road maintenance. In fact, Auburn Hills hosted last year’s SEMCOG University workshop on this topic. This year’s winter road maintenance workshop will be hosted by the City of Novi and held on September 27. More details and a save the date notice will be sent out in July.
SEMCOG members: for no-cost fiscal and operation assistance, contact me at Boerger@semcog.org.
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