POINT PLEASANT — Old man winter is supposed to dig in his heels on Friday, bringing the area’s most significant snowfall this season - two to three inches.
Though two to three inches of snow isn’t much compared to snowfall in previous years, it was enough to send shoppers to local grocery stores on Thursday night to avoid having to do so when the snow starts arriving Friday afternoon. Even if those shoppers decide to go out during the snow, Mason County’s biggest city is prepared to make its streets as safe as possible.
“The trucks are loaded and ready to go,” Mayor Brian Billings said.
Billings explained due to last year’s relatively mild winter, the city’s stock of salt was plentiful to start this season.
As of Thursday, it was estimated the City of Point Pleasant had 24 tons of salt on hand which it stores behind the municipal building.
A crew of three to four street department workers are on call to hit the roads with the salt spreader and snow plows attached to city pickup trucks. The main concern for these workers is to first hit the intersections from First St. to 30th St. and into the Bellemead area. Once the intersections are done, then the side roads are treated if needed.
The main road through town, W.Va. 62, is the responsibility of the West Virginia Division of Highways. At the end of last winter the West Virginia Division of Highways reported a surplus of 100,000 tons of salt due to the mild winter of 2012. West Virginia Division of Highways trucks have already been out salting the roads this week during the brief snowfall events which have blown in with colder temperatures.
In all the West Virginia Division of Highways maintains 38,646 miles of public roads, 35,896 miles of state owned highways, 88 miles of West Virginia Turnpike, 835 miles of federally owned roads and 2,908 miles of municipally owned roads, 549 miles of State owned Interstate Highway, 1,818 miles included in the National Highway System, 23 miles of which are connectors to other modes of transportation such as airports, trains and buses, 6,800 bridges of which 32 percent are more than 100 feet in length, one All American Road, five National Byways, 14 State Byways and eight Backways.