Snow Emergencies are handled by the Highway Division of the Public Works Department. During a snow emergency every able-bodied Public Works employee is required to work from the beginning of the storm to the end -- until the roads in Salem are safe for travel. During off-hours it takes approximately two hours to treat all major roads with chemicals and less time during regular work hours. During a snow storm it is important that residents understand the main roads are plowed, salted and sanded first; then the secondary roads, and lastly the cul-de-sacs and back roads.
Public Works employees are dedicated individuals who get the roads open during storms and emergencies so ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles can do their job. They spend many long hours, weekends and holidays away from their families in order to keep the roads safe for everyone. We are fortunate to have such a great team! If you have any problems or would just like to share a success story, please let us know.
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You can help!
During a winter snow emergency you can make a difference, by following these simple guidelines: