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County Trains Public Works Employees on New Liquid Deicing Agents and Equipment that will be used this Winter to Help Clear Snow & Ice from Roads

(Clayton, NJ) – Gloucester County has six Regional Salt Sheds ready and stocked with salt for use by twenty Gloucester County municipalities who are participating in the county’s regionalized program.

Today, approximately 100 county and municipal public works employees who keep over 1,000 miles of roadway clear of snow and ice over the winter participated in a hands-on demonstration of the new tailgate liquid deicing dispensing units that deliver calcium chloride to the salt as part of a training session for the County’s Regionalized Salt Shed Program.

“The tailgate equipment and the use of calcium chloride is new to the County’s snow removal program this year. The calcium chloride gets put onto the salt just before the salt hits the road,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “The deicing agent is going to help us cut down on salt usage and will help to clear the roads quicker than just dropping salt alone.” 

The county will have 5,000 gallons of calcium chloride on hand at each of the Salt Shed facilities for a total of 30,000 gallons. The six regional facilities are located in Mantua, West Deptford, Washington Township, Clayton, Franklin and Woolwich. 

Freeholder Director Sweeney said that the Salt Sheds have been stocked with 5,000 tons of salt, and the calcium chloride will be delivered in the coming weeks. “It’s still warm now, but when the snow and ice come, the county and the municipalities will be ready to go.”

Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger said that the regionalized Salt Storage Sheds and liquid deicers are all part of the County’s Regionalized Stormwater Management Program which earned the county a $1.1 million grant from the NJ DEP’s Division of Water Management.

“We are all working together to provide essential services to our taxpayers and by regionalizing these salt sheds, purchasing in bulk and doing everything we can to help our towns meet the DEP requirements we are saving taxpayers millions,” said Damminger. Freeholder Damminger serves as the liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works.

Damminger said that under the county’s regionalized program there are now 96 pieces of truck mount deicing equipment that will be on the roads throughout the county during winter storms. 

County Trains Public Works Employees on New Deicing Equipment
November 28, 2007

“The county has 405 miles of county roads that we clear and together with the twenty municipalities that are participating in the program there over one-thousand miles of roadway to clear in a storm,” said Damminger. “We all work together to keep our roads clear and safe when the snow and ice come.”

The county purchases the salt and calcium chloride and is reimbursed for the materials by the municipalities at the end of the season.