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Snow and Ice? Buffalo Grove Takes it With [Many] Grains of Salt

Hundreds of tons of road salt and 28 mailboxes later, Buffalo Grove's streets are free of snow and ice.

Have you ever wondered how much road salt it takes to keep Buffalo Grove’s streets safe?

Well, for starters, it’s measured in tons. Tons of tons.

From Dec. 31 through last week’s snow and freezing temperatures, Buffalo Grove spread 676 tons of salt, the village’s Public Works Director Michael Reynolds told Patch.

That salt was used to cover — and recover — nearly 121 miles of village streets, a job that took 38 employees a total of 1,444 hours to complete, Reynolds said. 

As is typical during heavy snows, some mailboxes fell casualty to the plows. Reynolds said 28 mailboxes were reported damaged. But, he added, few were struck directly by the plows.

“The vast majority of these incidents were caused by the window of snow coming off the plow as staff was curbing the streets,” he told Patch.

That week’s salt use accounted for one-third of the salt the village has used so far this season, he said. But there’s plenty more where that came from, as it represented only 12.5 percent of the salt the village has budgeted this winter.

Marc January 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM
I hope someday the village comes up with an actual snow removal plan as opposed to a shove the snow to the side of the road and block driveways and crosswalks and wreck mail box plan that they now use. It is fine when we have 2-3 inches, but for heavy snowfall, the snow has to be taken away not shoved to the side of the road.
ed conner January 14, 2014 at 04:50 PM
I have always been irritated by the Village's insistence of clearing every single street from curb to curb. Is this really necessary? Aside from the extra expense, it forces homeowners to clear their barricaded driveways multiple times. The goal should be to clear the streets so that traffic can get by -- on most village streets this is easy enough accomplish without obsessing about getting every speck of snow off the street.

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