Salisbury crews respond to first snow of 2016

In response to the first snow accumulation of the year, salting of Salisbury’s seven snow emergency routes began at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Forecast models indicate that the snow should begin to taper off around 3:30 p.m., with flurries lingering until 4:30 or 5:30 this afternoon.  The snow comes ahead of a cold front which is expected to cause temperatures to drop overnight into the 20s.

Director of Public Works Michael Moulds has reported that crews will continue to monitor the weather overnight, and will continue salting operations as conditions warrant.

If you must drive today, it is important to realize that the most slippery surfaces often do not appear as hazardous as they actually are.  Bridges, overpasses and intersections are common areas where the pavement freezes faster than on ordinary roadways.  Citizens are urged to exercise caution, slow down, and allow extra distance for braking.

Additionally, citizens are reminded that all property owners adjacent to any street within City limits are responsible for the removal of snow from their sidewalks. The snow must be removed for the entire length of the property for a width of four feet.

The removal must take place within six hours after the snow has stopped falling.  If snowfall ends between the hours of  5 p.m. and 7 a.m., then snow removal must occur before 2 p.m.  The purpose of this ordinance is to provide the ability for our residents and visitors to move freely and safely throughout the City.

The property owner is liable for any accidents which may occur as a result of un-cleared sidewalks.  Please help us make the city of Salisbury safe during adverse weather conditions.

Emergency contact information for Salisbury Public Works during business hours from 8 to 4:30 is 410-548-3177. For service calls after hours please contact the Salisbury Police Department at 410-548-3165.


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