Snow crews are gearing up for the next snowfall


LANSING, MI. (WLNS)- Mid-Michigan got nearly a foot of snow last week — and there’s more snow heading this way.

Last week’s snow storm hit mid-Michigan from all angles, and Bill Conklin of the Ingham County Road Commission says Mother Nature kept them busy.

“We had over forty trucks out,” Conklin said. “We even called out some of our sign and signal shop workers to help with the plowing — so we had over forty trucks all three days.”

Conklin says those trucks cleared most of the snow — and this weekend’s warm-up melted the remaining ice.

“We’re left pretty much dry for the start of the week here,” Conklin said.

But that won’t last.

With more snow expected this week, the Ingham County Road Commission has ordered 200 tons of salt to keep you safe on the roads.

And it’s not just salt.

We have night shift that will be on tonight, and if necessary we’ll call the drivers back in early tomorrow,” Conklin said.

Lansing’s Public Service Department is also gearing up.

“We have got the trucks loaded, the drivers are on alert,” said Victor Rose, Superintendent of Operations for Lansing’s Public Service Department.

Rose says he’s not too worried about tonight’s snowfall.

“We don’t anticipate this storm’s going to be anywhere near what last weeks was,” Rose said. “But, you know, when the national weather service says potential for seven inches, we listen.”

Rose says although working during winter storms can be tough, many snow plow and salt truck drivers are looking forward to the overtime pay.

“They’re eager to go to work,” Rose said. “They’re eager to stay here until the job’s done.”

Until the job’s done — and you are safe.

Conklin says when it’s not snowing during the winter months — another top priority for crews is cleaning up dead trees that might fall on roads.

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