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We at the Public Works Department would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable winter season. Here are a few points of information for understanding our snow removal processes.The Town of Middleton Public Works Department maintains 65 miles of roadway and 12 municipal parking lots in the snow removal and road de-icing operations. There are also 7 miles of sidewalks maintained by the Department and 7 town buildings to shovel walkways and handicap ramps.The Department has four trucks available for road de-icing efforts and ten trucks for snow removal operations. Contracted equipment and operators are also utilized on a regular basis to clear roadways.Plan of Operations:
Frequently asked questions:Q. Why do you wait to plow the snow off of the streets?A. After applying road de-icing chemicals, we wait for the chemicals to react with the snow to create “brine”. This reaction time depends on a number of variables (i.e. traffic flow, temperature, etc.) The brine keeps the snow from sticking to the street and helps in snow removal operations. It is for this reason that we request residents with plows not to “help” us by plowing a street that has not been plowed, as the chemicals may not have had time to react and by doing so may hinder the snow operations.Q. Who begins the snow removal operations?A. During normal Public Works Department business hours (7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) the Superintendent of Public Works, or his designee, decides when conditions warrant the commencement of snow removal operations. After normal Public Works Department business hours, the Middleton Police Department decides when the streets become unsafe.Q. Who determines school closure?A. The Superintendent of Schools confers with the Public Works Department on the road conditions of the bus routes. The cancelation of school is then decided by the Superintendent of Schools. Local news channels and Public Access Channel 22 both carry school cancelation notices.Q. Why does my street always seem like the last one plowed?A. Traffic volume is the determining factor for order in snow removal operations. You may feel that your street is the last to be cleared of snow, but our main objective is to make all drivers safe during snowstorms. Please be patient. All of the streets will be cleared of snow in order of traffic volume.To report unplowed or un-sanded streets, please call the Public Works Department at (978) 777-0407.