Ocean County Prepared to Weather the Winter



(File Photograph by Jack Reynolds)
When the temperature forecast turns to predictions of snow, ice, wintry combine or nor’easters, Ocean County road crews, structures and grounds and other departments have now labored to be ready for no matter what will come this way.
“We know the weather conditions can be fickle,” stated Freeholder Gerry P. Minimal, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Highway Section. “We want our citizens to know Ocean County is effectively well prepared for wintertime temperature – whenever it will get in this article and no matter what sort it arrives in.”
For occasion, the Ocean County Highway Department and Bridge Section can mobilize a fleet of about 200 vehicles and other cars and about 175 workers to salt and obvious streets when the weather turns lousy. Crews shell out their time readying salt spreaders and generating sure sufficient plows are hooked up to vehicles.
Snow clearing normally initial entails “brining” the 1,600-as well as lane-miles of county roads by spreading a combination of road salt and water.
“Brine is a charge-powerful way of holding snow from piling up on the roads,” stated county Road Supervisor Scott Waters. “Coating the highway surface area with brine right before the snow starts slipping makes it a lot easier to plow afterwards.”
At about 8 or 9 cents per gallon, it is also much less expensive than liquid calcium, officers stage out.
The county mixes brine at 3 10,000-gallon tanks found at garages in Stafford, Plumsted and Toms River townships.
Six tanker vans produce the mixture. The biggest truck, a 5,500-gallon tractor-trailer, can deal with Route 539 in brine from Plumsted to Tuckerton and back, Waters mentioned.
“Brine is an outstanding selection for storms in which forecasts contact for the precipitation to commence as snow it doesn’t function for storms that commence as rain and afterwards adjust to snow,” he clarified. “The rain washes it absent very promptly.”
The county is also geared up with 30,000 tons of treated salt.
“We use salt dealt with with calcium chloride,” Small reported. “This does a much better job when clearing snow and ice.”
If plenty of snow falls to warrant plowing, the 1st of the county roadways to be cleared are the 500 sequence, which contains these types of key roads as Hooper Avenue in Toms River, and Route 571, which travels via Toms River to Jackson Township. In Southern Ocean County, these roadways consist of Route 539.
“We start with these key roads and do the job our way to the secondary roads,” Waters reported.
The county street department is also accountable for clearing all the county parking a lot, including the vocational-complex centers, the source facilities, transportation section and libraries.
The road office is assisted by other county departments, which include Reliable Squander Management, Structures and Grounds and Parks and Recreation. “It’s a cooperative energy on the component of the county to make specified our inhabitants are protected,” Very little explained. “The cooperation will make for a a lot smoother and productive procedure.”
The Division of Buildings and Grounds is liable for clearing snow and ice from the county’s 135 governing administration properties.
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Office of Structures and Grounds, mentioned county government continues to work even for the duration of storms.
“We have to continue on to serve the public no matter what,” he claimed. “Getting areas around our properties shoveled and salted permits us to continue to deliver expert services to our citizens while holding the employees risk-free.”
Waters pointed out that climate in Ocean County differs from 1 spot to the upcoming.
“Coastal places are likely to have rain simply because of hotter ocean temperatures,” he explained. “Inland we will see extra snow, specially to the northwest, like Jackson and Plumsted townships. We check out the temperature intently so we know what our tactic will be. We are actually in superior form for winter season.”  —M. S.

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