Jamestown: Less Snow Maintenance This Time Around

11:53 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Jamestown, NC-- Town crews opted not to plow after the storm hit on Tuesday.

We've been following the snow preparations since the beginning of the week.

First it was laying down the brine, then on Tuesday, it was salting the roads, and by Wednesday, the plows were hard at work.

But some neighborhoods didn't see any of that. Depending on where you live determines what kind of maintenance you'll see in your neighborhood.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found there's a big difference between road service in the city and the county.

Your bigger cities like Greensboro and Winston-Salem rely on city crews to maintain city roads. But in smaller towns that becomes more complicated. Residential streets in Jamestown have never had salt or brine on them. Why? It's not in the budget.

"Plowing is a much more cost effective way to push the snow. We don't have a lot of events in a typical year," said Paul Blanchard, Public Services Director in Jamestown.

Jamestown has 16 miles of town-maintained roads. On Forestdale Drive, there was plenty of big snowy patches with a coating of ice. Other streets still had a blanket of snow.

The town said there wasn't enough snow to plow. The plows could damage the asphalt and quickly wear out the blades.

"It didn't appear that we could do any good by pushing the snow, we might actually make it slicker in the morning for the drivers," said Blanchard.

Other municipalities in the county contract out for salt and brine crews. Jamestown might consider that in the future but it might not be worth the money.

Jamestown has a little more than 3,500 people. Compare that to 270,000 in Greensboro.

WFMY News 2

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