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Broome County Plows Out In Full Force

The Broome County Highway Department is combating the snow in full force.
The Broome County Highway Department is combating the snow in full force.

It's responsible for over 340 miles of roads in Broome County. Deputy Commissioner of Broome County Highway, Patrick Latting, says that the storm season has started earlier than usual. Latting also says that salt at a premium this time of year.

There is plenty of salt in the mines to go around, but the issue is that mine trucks can't deliver the salt fast enough to municipalities. At this point, Broome County salt supplies are very low.

"We haven't dropped our level of services one bit to the residents. It's difficult for residents to understand that we are out there doing the job the best we can. We have not lessened the trucks on the road or the amount of material that we use," said Latting.

Broome County has about 20 trucks on the road and uses a three-to-one ratio sand to salt ratio. One of the problems of treating roads when temperatures are below-zero, like they will be, is that rock salt isn't as effective, as it usually is. Unfortunately, Broome County doesn't have the ability to use other ice melts that work better in the extreme cold, mainly because of the cost.
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