PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Port Chester drivers will notice some changes on Main Street this week as the village clears out from Friday’s blizzard and prepares for more snow on Wednesday.
The village has suspended its street cleaning service until Sunday to focus more on clearing snow up and down Main Street. However, residents must still pay for parking.
Village Manager Chris Steer said the city is responding to many complaints from residents.
“We have been receiving complaints regarding icy conditions on the roads since Saturday morning. DPW is aware and has been working on the issue almost 24 / 7,” he said in an e-mail.
Steer said the problem was a combination of things.
“The initial problem was twofold; first our plows are generally not heavy enough to get lower (this shines a light on our equipment needs), usually this is not a problem and salting normally takes it down to the black top, and second, although the salting is successful at melting the remaining snow and ice, the low temps during the night refreezes the snow and ice as quickly as it melts,” he said.
“The only available solution is continued salting and then sanding so that in the event of more freezing, at least there will be more traction. Let us not forget this was a record-breaking storm and there are multiple neighborhoods in Connecticut, upstate and in the city that have yet to see a snow plow," he said.
Steer also said DPW workers have been busy re-plowing areas where business owners pushed their snow into the street and all areas where there are parked cars.
“Almost every street that remains a concern is a direct result of that activity,” he said.
“DPW crews have been out working on snow removal almost non-stop in addition to their regular trash service, etc. Our capacity is limited however, and DPW staff still need to be commended on their efforts because they are continuing to do an excellent job with the tools they have.”
Steer said he has also been in contact with other communities to learn about a process called “brining.”
“It essentially enhances melting and helps loosen ice and snow so plowing is more effective,” he said.
Steer met with the village of Rye Brook officials to look at their brining equipment and plans to make recommendations to Port Chester trustees to have the system implemented.
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