Cincinnati put its snow equipment to the test during a dry-run exercise on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati put its snow equipment to the test during a dry-run exercise on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of City of Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati upgraded its fleet of snow equipment ahead of winter weather. The city purchased 10 new snow plows and unveiled new tools, including a snow plow tracker that allows residents to view streets, in real-time, as they are treated during a winter event.

Crews began winter preparation in September, practicing routes and reviewing components in the trucks, such as proper snow plow operation and material application. They have inspected and calibrated equipment, reviewed and revised snow routes, and examined weather forecasts.

On Oct. 31, crews participated in a dry-run exercise to refresh and sharpen drivers’ skills when operating snow plows and other tools for snow and ice control during a storm.

Overall, the city will enter the winter season with 81 pieces of winter operations equipment on hand, including loaders, brine trucks, and pickup trucks. The city also has four salt domes carrying a total of 26,000 tons of salt, 27,500 gallons of beet juice, and 52,000 gallons of brine.

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