As winter weather season approaches the Ozarks, the Branson Public Works Department is preparing for any weather that may impact local roads by holding a winter weather training event on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This training is for city plow drivers to practice snow routes, safety procedures and anticipate any obstacles they may encounter on City and neighborhood streets. Drivers may see snow plows and salt spreaders on the roads during this time and as always, are encouraged to slow down and give the trucks plenty of room.
Winter weather preparation starts months in advance for the City of Branson. That’s when employees make sure all salt/rock and parts are ordered and plow drivers are assigned routes. The City of Branson also has a team that constantly monitors incoming weather. At the sign of any freezing precipitation, city plow drivers will immediately pretreat bridges and other high propriety areas.
When ice and snow are predicted, the City will call in 30 personnel from four different departments. These employees will work 24-hours a day, on rotating 12-hour shifts, on the City’s 13 different snow routes. Branson City crews clear and maintain approximately 250 lane-miles of roadway inside its boundaries. Every city-owned street will get cleared of snow.
The City has two salt barns that, when full, have a combined total of 1,200 tons of material that includes road salt, rock chips and mixed material. The City also has the ability to produce salt brine, beat juice and calcium chloride mixtures for pre-treating roadways.
Interesting facts from the 2019-2020 snow season:
After each snow event, crews will empty and clean trucks and equipment then treat with a rust preventive. It takes approximately three days to get everything back to normal. The Public Works Department prepares for the next snow event by mixing materials and refilling those materials in the salt barns. Several crew members, along with street sweepers, will also clean excess material left on the roadways and sidewalks around town.
Street crews remind drivers to slow down in winter weather and make sure to give salt trucks and other City vehicles plenty of space to operate.
For questions regarding the winter weather road training event, please contact the City of Branson Public Works/Engineering Department at 417-243-2730.