City buys more snow removal equipment

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The city spent over a million dollars on new snow removal equipment, and crews even held a dry run today of the snow removal routes.

It may only be the first week of November, but Richmond is making it known tonight they are ready when snow finally decides to show.

"We're predicting to have more snow this winter than usual," said Mayor Dwight Jones.

Which is why trucks were conducting a test run of the priority one and two removal tracks in the city Thursday.

During the snowpocalyse of 2009, the city discovered the Doug Wilder administration had sold off snow trucks to save money.

By 2010, which was another snowy winter, the city bought more.

This year, it added well over a million dollars in new equipment, including more spreaders and plows.

"We have purchased 10 new heavy duty four-wheel drive pick-up trucks that will be equipped with tailgate spreaders for salt and sand, as well as snow plows," said Jones.

It even has new garbage trucks that can also wear a snow plow.

And there's one more change. The Jones administration has a new rule for the snow plow drivers.

"Instead of waiting for there to be 3 inches on the ground, city crews are going to drop these plows at two," said Jones.

The city has also budgeted money to hire extra snow removal crews, private contractors, to help clear the city's side streets.

"We hope that will also make a difference in our ability to respond," said Jones.

The city has set aside $750,000 for snow removal this winter. For the first time, the city also says it is cross training folks from public utilities and parks and recreation, so they too can run the snow plows during a bad storm.

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