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Quincy Work Crews Continue to Treat Roadways


It's been a couple of weeks since Quincy saw their first taste of snowfall, and some roads around the Gem City are still covered in snow and ice.

When there's snow, there's often times ice - and when you put both of those together - driving conditions get sketchy.

"The other day I was coming through here and I wasn't even doing ten, and I slid through the whole stop sign - like, I was on my brake the whole time and I still didn't stop," said Shumeka Wilson. 

Wilson says the streets in her southwest neighborhood have been slick since the first snowfall. "Drive real slow or else you're going to hit another car," advises Wilson.

Bill Henehan says he takes extra precautions in his truck when the streets look like this.

"It's pretty light in the back when you don't use four-wheel drive so probably when there's snow and ice," said Henehan.

Quincy mayor John Spring says for any snow event, work crews - sometimes made up of extra drivers, like sewer crews or water department crews - start plowing the major streets first - and then work their way around to side streets and neighborhoods. But he says - it takes a while to get them all cleared.

"I don't think the average resident realizes that one pass - just one pass on the city of Quincy, all of our streets is well over one hundred miles, and we do multiple passes," said Spring. 

Another issue with keeping the roads clear - the weather.

"Remember with the salt, the temperature has to be at a certain degree for the salt to work. Now, today is a prime example for that - we have some nice sunshine out. Now that could possibly melt some of the ice - but by and large the temperature has to be above freezing," said Spring.

But Spring says - the fortunate thing is - they have more than enough in the budget to pay for work crews and salt - namely due to the mild winter last year. He says - crews are still out working - and just asks for residents' patience.

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