Been in a 03 Frieghtliner FL80 4x4 with a 12ft one way and a 10ft wing for five years. Start to finish on my route is six hours and another five to sand(all dirt road). Does anyone prefer dirt road over asphalt or vice versa?
I plow for DOT in yarmouth NS. we use TMR (trunk mobile radio). 5 of our trucks are set up for pre-wet. only 2 actually use it on 100 series highways. In recent years salt managment has become an issue. our maxium rock salt application is 125 kg/km. pre wetting it reduces it to 80kg/km.
I thought when using the Nextel/Mike phones in that mode they are allowed or that you would be exempt? Is a cop cop really going to single you out in a congo line of plows and pull you over for talking on the hand held?
I'd windrow him/her into the ditch faster then they could flip open there ticket book. The cops abuse that law so badly not to mention other laws too.
What municipality do you work for? Here in Peel the region has been spraying brine for a few weeks now.
Can you really get black ice this early on over passes?
Ya know, I realize it takes all types, but you really need to think before you post. Next time you decide to threaten to "windrow a cop into a ditch" on a well circulated public website forum, you might think to;
a) figure that some people on the site might be law enforcement or connected to it and,
b) not be ignorant enough to link your business website to a post with an implied threat like that.
I'm sure Peel Regional Police will enjoy the copy of the post I forward to them, including the link to your company...
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i work for my town, we have a volvo single axle and a cat 930, very small town, clear all roads in 5 hrs. salt and sand mix of usually 60 sand 40 salt, no brine, and only 3 winter employees, 4 in the summer? still don't have that figured out..LOL and we use vhf radios, and "ahem* cell phones
I work for Wash dot we use slip in units in our dump trucks. We have Monroe's, and Schmidt we use salt prewet (on board) with Calcium Chloride this year. Last year we prewet with salt brine and it seemed to work well as a prewet for salt but not on its own as a deicer. We apply at 250 pounds a lane mile and 20 gallons per lane mile. We use Dicky Johns, Force America, Raven (only on the liquid trucks) and Schmidt controllers. We also use a company band radio on a truck to truck frequency.
Overall it's a really good job. In today's job market I can't complain at all about a guaranteed 40 hr week ya know. I mean there are certainly things I would change if I were in charge but since I am just a lowly operator gotta deal with the good and bad. Unless someone drops a big bag of money in my lap or someone offers me a 100k a year job most likely will put in another 25 years at Naperville DPW. Can't complain too much. It certainly keeps a roof over my kids heads and food in their bellies. But always looking for that 100k job!!!
Plowin with City of Naperville's Truck #233
I've been working for RI DOT for 3 years now and the past 3 years I've been put in a 3000 Gallon 2002 International 2554 tanker truck with a 11' ft Viking reversible plow. The first two years I used Mag Chloride on all the bridges in our division of the state ( Newport Bridge, Mt. Hope Bridge, and Sakonnet River Bridge) and got to say that this winter using the Calcium Chloride really seems to make a difference.
Michigan DOT uses liquid as prewet and as direct trunkline application for anti-ice. Used correctly, liquids will save granular material in prewet application as it sticks better to road surface and works much faster. Application of liquid prior to strom event allos you more response time as it starts working as soon as snow starts falling plus it helps to prevent ice-pack. I included a photo of MDOT tanker during anti-ice application.
there are 2 or three sections of RT# 78 in Hunterdon county that have in road de-icing.
when it hits a certain temp and moisture level, it automatically sprays the roadway.
it can also be manually triggered. unless there is over 5-6 inches of snow, the roads there are always spotless.
Anyone else only plow the big roads and highways?. Been doing it for over twenty years here in Ontario and would like to hear the thoughts of other gov't workers. We have a ban on hand held communication devices while driving here in Ontario, so that means we won't be able to use our mike phones (telus) this season to talk to each other while plowing in a line. What is everyone else using? Also, anyone else using salt brine for pre-wet or anti-icing applications. If so , how effective do you find it? lastly, does your workplace have a salt management plan and is it helping to reduce salt use on the roads?
Our winter night patrol starts next week so it wont be long before we start to get early morning call-outs for icy hills and bridges.
nice to hear from the great state of MA. I drive a tandem axle GMC for the Wabash County Highway Dept. in Wabash Indiana. Been fighting snow and ice for over 30 years.Our Dept. is as laid back as can be, and as such, doesnt really set any restrictions in regards to hand held devices. Most drivers carry cell phones now so radios are pretty quiet most times. Used to work for Indiana Dept. of transportation where state highways are pre-treated with magnesium chloride. It seemed somewhat beneficial as far as the time that it buys you before the roads turn ugly, but I cant honestly say that pre-treating is a big help! As far as, Salt Management program, our management does'nt really set any kind of salt/sand usage requirements. Normal reaction is to wait till stockpile starts to get low, then tell everyone to ease up on the usage ! LOL