City of Alexandria, VA
Gearing Up for Winter Weather
As the 2012-2013 winter season approaches, emergency response, including snow and ice removal operations, continue to be a top priority and core service for the City of Alexandria’s snow response teams, public safety and emergency management.
Did you know…
…the City earned a national award for its snowfighting practices? In 2012, the City of Alexandria won its first “Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting” award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage and application of winter road salt. Using the latest anti-icing technology, the City recently expanded its capacity to make and use salt brine (liquid salt) in order to reduce its reliance on rock salt. Spraying salt brine on bridges, overpasses and snow emergency routes before winter weather arrives is fundamental to the City’s anti-icing program, and helps prevent freezing precipitation from bonding to pavements. As a result, roads stay wet and clear and the City uses less salt over time – an effective, economical and more environmentally-friendly solution than spreading rock salt.
…that during the winter months, City staff track potential storms 24 hours per day and on-call City crews and contractors are available to begin working in 12-hour shifts when winter weather is forecasted? If there is a snow emergency, essential employees, public safety, and emergency management staff work in around the clock to ensure that the City and its residents weather the storm.