Webster Highway Department prepares for sharp transition to snow

November 09, 2018 06:14 PM

Officials say if the snow situation does get serious, the Webster Highway Department is ready to go with all hands on deck for snow removal.

As it is, its trucks are either out on the street or in the garage straddling between fall and winter. 


As the snow was falling on Friday, most of the town's fleet of 24 trucks have been dealing with leaves on the roads.

Eighteen of them were outfitted with leaf boxes and those big red vacuum cleaners. However, on Friday morning, town workers started taking the boxes off, putting snow plows and salt spreaders on instead. 

Because of the effect of the warm lake and the bay, the expectation is that any snow accumulation is likely to happen in the southern part of the town.

The whole process has been sabotaged by this year's delayed leaf season which has quickly transitioned into snow. 

"With the nice warm summer, the leaves are extremely late," said Joe Herbst, superintendent of Webster Highway Department. "And, usually, will have a little bit of interim to put our snow fence up, get our routes staked out before we actually have to participate in snow removal. But at this time of year, you never know. I've been here where we've gone right through December and no snow, and been here when we've had 50 inches of snow in December." 

The highway superintendent says Webster is unusual in that it does both leaf and snow removal. It is also under extra obligation to keep any snow on the roads under control because of the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant down the road.

Herbst says this department is accustomed to sharp transitions like this one and if the snow does become a major issue, the leaves can wait till spring.


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