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Gwinnett County Readies to Mobilize Equipment, Staff For Snow, Ice

Find out how many plows will be on the roads and how many county employees will be on hand to clear the streets.

Snow covered East Jones Bridge Road in January, 2011.
Snow covered East Jones Bridge Road in January, 2011.
By Vanzetta Evans

The National Weather Service is forecasting one to two inches of snow to fall on our area beginning Tuesday and on into Wednesday.

So just how prepared is Gwinnett County for a storm of this magnitude? Here's a breakdown of the county's equipment, supplies and staff:

  • Six snow plows, one for each of the county's maintenance districts.
  • 18 salt and sand spreader gates, or three in each district.
  • Salt and sand mixtures stockpiled at five locations in Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Grayson, Buford and Duluth.
  • 50 county Road Maintenance employees will be working throughout the county.
  • About 15 to 20 employees will be available to clear any fallen trees and another 15 should there be signal outages.
  • Three crew members will be "on-call" to respond to after hours storm calls.
County spokesperson Joe Sorenson says all the trucks and equipment have been tested to make sure they're up and running when needed. 

"Superintendents and other management personnel will assess the situation and activate additional personnel and resources as appropriate, given the type and severity of the storm, number of calls received and time of day," said Sorenson.

The county will pay special attention to icy and snowy conditions on local bridges, major intersections and roadways and be on the lookout for accidents as well.

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Robert J. Nebel January 28, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Folks need to give plenty of room between cars and slowww down. These are totally untreated roads.
Jeanne Aulbach January 28, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Just got in a few minutes ago after a 2 1/2 commute. Some very slick spots on I-20, I-285, Winters Chapel& PIB. Tech Pkwy was a skating rink.

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