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With snow falling, Perrysburg city, township crews work to keep roads safe

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Perrysburg Township salt trucks help keep the roads safe during snowy weather.

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With snow flurries on Wednesday and more snow forecast for the weekend, salt and snowplow trucks have already been put into service for City of Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township.

Jon Eckel, director of public services for Perrysburg, said Wednesday was the second time the city's crews have been out to drop salt and clear the roads. Kraig Gottfried, maintenance director for the township, said the township used about 60 to 70 tons of salt on Tuesday alone.

City of Perrysburg

During regular work hours, the Perrysburg police and department of public services decide when streets become unsafe and require attention. After hours, a police dispatcher calls in snow plows. 

Mr. Eckel said they can get eight trucks out plowing when needed.

The process for the plowing is based on the city divided into six sections. Priority goes to main streets, intersections, school zones, and streets with hills and curves. Secondary streets and subdivisions are taken care of after main streets and school zones are cleared.

The cities main streets are: All of the Boundary Streets, Brittany Road, Carronade Drive, Eckel Junction Road, Front Street, Indiana Avenue, Jennison Drive, Louisiana Avenue, Maumee-Western Reserve, Roachton Road, Sandusky Street, Three Meadows Boulevard, Wilkinson Way, and Willowbend Road. School zones include Fort Meigs Road, Seventh Street, and White Road.

In prolonged snowstorms, plows may have to make repeated passes on main streets before getting to neighborhoods. 

The city asks residents to avoid parking on the street during snowstorms so that plow crews can properly clean the streets.

Perrysburg Township

Mr. Gottfried sends six trucks out to salt and each have its own section of the township to clean. For bad storms, the township uses eight trucks to clear the roads faster.

It takes about a hour and a half to two hours to salt the entire nearly 80 miles the township covers, Mr. Gottried said. Wood County is responsible for these roads: Oregon, Lime City, Roachton, and Dowling roads, and Tracy Road north of U.S. 20.  The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains State Routes 795, 199, 20, 25 and 65.

Similar to the city crews, the township cleans the main roads in their sections before getting into the subdivisions.

"We salt every mile we cover," Mr. Gottfried said. "Everyone is paying for it, so everyone deserves it."

He asks residents not to park in the street if there's a possibility of snow. If needed, the township has cars towed if they are in the way of plowing.

The township had 200 tons of salt left over last year. It typically uses about 16,000 tons. Half of the leftover tons were sold to another township. The township can store 400 tons at its maintenance department on Lime City Road.

Both the city and the township ask residents not to push snow on driveways into the street. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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