Keeping Vermonts Roads Clear

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St.Johnsbury- We've already seen the start of snow season, and know that dangerous winter roadways are just around the corner, but Vermont Transit has been working hard to have you covered this winter season.


 The Vermont Transit Association (V-Trans) ordered 15,000 tons of road salt for this winter. Their local office in St.Johnsbury is one of nine districts across the state, and they have been ready for a snow storm since mid October, when the plows and sanders where installed on their trucks.V-Trans wants to be ready to take on whatever mother nature may throw at them.


VCCJ reporter Nick Merianos asked if the lack of snow over the past few years has affected how much work they have had to deal with, to which Gary McGinnis, the appointed St.Johnsbury Representative answered, "Over the last few years we finally realized that we've been getting hit harder, and unfortunately it seems like it's been colder and more ice than rain."


As you may know freezing rain can make for the most hazardous type of winter driving, and it eats up most of V-Trans salt.
The department doesn't use a winter forecast to estimate how much salt they will need for the following year. Instead, McGinnis said, that the department just plans ahead.


"Usually we come into it, we've used our salt last winter and we planned for this upcoming winter in the spring."
Above average temperatures usually result in freezing rain, which Vermont has seen much of in the past two winters. This has lead to a new investment made by the V-Trans office in St.Johnsbury. Within the next month you may see V-Trans trucks spraying liquid on the interstate. This liquid is called Brine. Brine is a mixture of salt and water and has been proven to be more effective than just salt pellets.


Winters are often unpredictable, but one thing you can know for certain is that V-Trans has been doing what they can now to be ready to keep you safe when a storm hits.