Snow plowing operations in Middletown are expected to continue through Wednesday as the area is blanketed by a winter storm.
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday. In addition to snow accumulation, temperatures are expected to plummet into the single digits Tuesday night, making travel hazardous.
Mayor Stephanie Murray said that the township’s Public Works Department is prepared to deal with the storm and its aftermath.
“In addition to pre-treating roads, snow removal equipment has been inspected and readied for service,” she said in a statement. “Approximately 75 trucks will be activated as necessary along with about 100 personnel who man vehicles, shovel municipal sidewalks and perform other related tasks.”
Plowing begins once snow amounts hit the three inch mark, according to Public Works Director Ted Maloney. With snowfall expected to continue through Wednesday morning, Maloney anticipates his workers will be tending to Middletown’s streets through the evening.
The township’s plowing procedures call for the clearing of primary and secondary arterial roads before local roads are tended to, according to Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante. More than 1,200 local roads totaling 300 miles must be cleared.
“We appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation as we work very hard to make the roads as safe as possible during and after this storm,” Maloney said in a statement.
Anyone who must travel is urged to do so with caution, officials said, as dropping temperatures mean salt and brine solutions become less effective below 20 degrees.
The township also urged residents to:
- Make sure cars are off of streets during plowing
- Clear sidewalks within 24 hours after snowfall ends
- Clear areas around fire hydrants
- Remove snow from vehicles before driving—failing to do so can result in a summons