Preparing for the 2010 - 2011 Winter Season
As winter approaches and the landscape begins to change for the cold months ahead, preparations are underway at the Sussex County Division of Public Works to deal with the snow and ice that is expected in the coming weeks and into the long winter season. Crews are regularly checking salt and grit inventories and fine-tuning equipment and vehicles, to assure that they will be ready when the first winter storm arrives. The men working on these crews realize that many Sussex County residents travel beyond the County to work. County residents depend on the crews to clear approximately 620 lane miles of roadway for them as they exit and enter the County each day. Many residents leave their homes in the early morning hours and return home late in the evening and it is reassuring to know that the Sussex County Division of Public Works has been there to keep the roads open for them to travel as safely as possible.
Some safe driving tips to consider this winter season while traveling in the County are to slow down, stay calm, and allow for extra travel time to get to your destination. Arriving safely is more important than how long it takes to get there. Some other helpful things to consider are:
- Travel at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Adjust your driving speed according to the road condition
- Keep your windshields clear from snow
- Put down the cell phones, phone calls are not as important as your safety
- Bring extra warm clothes (gloves and hats) in case of an emergency
Remember, if you should get behind a snowplow, be mindful that he has a job to do and being behind him is the safest place to be because the road has been plowed and sanded.
Our goal is to keep Sussex County roadways clean and safe for travel, especially under challenging weather conditions. Division Director, Joseph Kampka, and his staff keep constant track of the weather and dispatch crews as needed to combat the elements on Sussex County roadways, maintaining a standard that has become a source of pride not only to Public Works personnel, but also to Sussex County residents.
We wish everyone a safe winter season ahead and an early arrival of spring.