CAPE MAY COUNTY GOVERNMENT PREPARES FOR STORM
Cape May Court House - Freeholder Director Beyel assured motorists that the County is prepared to clear snow and ice from roadways countywide during this weekend’s storm event. Beyel said, “The Cape May County Public Works Department has fitted its trucks with plows and salt spreaders and is ready to deploy personnel to ensure motorist safety.”
However, Beyel added, “Unless it is a necessity, motorists should refrain from driving during the storm.”
The County is ready to deploy 25 trucks to plow snow and spread salt on the approximately 210 miles of County roads and 29 bridges (22 County Bridges and 7 Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges). The County Road Department uses personnel from other Departments and has approximately 35 staff members available to combat the winter weather conditions.
As of today, the County has approximately 900 tons of salt housed at three locations and is expecting the delivering of an additional 1,200 tons of salt. Typically, between 450 to 500 tons of salt is used during a snow event similar to the one that hit our area this past week. It is anticipated that the county will use over 700 tons of salt for this snow event.
Beyel said, “County crews will be working around the clock to clear roads and bridges. When the first snowflakes start falling, crews will treat the bridges and major intersections. The crews begin plowing operations and suspend salting when snowfall reaches 1½ to 2-inches and more is expected. Salting operations resume when the storm reduces in intensity resulting in snow showers. The crews continue with the ice and snow removal until the storm event is over and the road can be safely traveled.”
Any County government closings will be posted to the County’s website capemaycountygov.net , on Facebook and twitter and available on local media outlets.