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Jasper Street Department Snow Removal

The Jasper Street Department utilizes fourteen vehicles in its snow fighting efforts: two salt brine applicators, seven one ton trucks with salt spreaders and plows, and five heavy duty trucks with salt spreaders and plows. The Jasper Street Department crew is divided into two shifts, placing a crew member in twelve snow fighting zones throughout the City of Jasper.

During a snow event the Jasper Street Department will first concentrate on the major traffic collectors in each zone. After both lanes of these streets have had one pass, crews will work on lesser traveled streets. Because they take the greatest amount of time and have low traffic volumes dead ends and cul-de-sacs will get attention after that. After all streets have had one pass on each lane, crews will start to widen the travel lane.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the liquid material I see the Street Department spraying on the streets?

This material is called salt brine. It is made by Street Department personnel by mixing water with salt to create a solution of water with a 23% salt concentration. This solution is applied to the streets before a snow event starts. The solution aids in snow fighting by slowing the bond of the snow or ice with that of the pavement. Salt brine is an effective tool until the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When the forecast calls for temperatures below 20 degrees, a sugar beet by-product, called De-Ice is added to the salt brine. The addition of this product increases the melting affect of the salt brine. The De-Ice, or its nickname Beet Juice, is slightly sticky and smells like molasses, it is environmentally safe.

Why not use De-Ice all of the time?

Salt brine is less expensive than De-Ice and is easy to make.

Who clears sidewalks and driveways?

Both are the responsibility of residents and property owners. Residents should shovel snow into the yard if possible, not onto the street. Putting snow onto the street causes dangerously slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians. City crews try to avoid putting large piles of snow in front of driveways; however, this is not always possible.

Why do the snow plow operators plow my driveway shut?

It is impossible for the snow plow operator to plow the windrow from every driveway. Snow plows push snow, it is not a bucket with which you can pick up snow and deposit it elsewhere. To avoid having to double shovel, simply wait until after your street has been plowed to clear your driveway. If you must shovel before the snow plow gets to your street, shovel the snow to the passing side of your driveway (the left side when entering your driveway). The plow will be past your driveway when it hits the snow pile.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Every effort should be made to remove vehicles from the side of the street.
  • Please stay off the streets if you do not need to be on them. Traffic on the streets slows the snow removal process.
  • If you meet a snow plow on the street please pull to the side, giving it plenty of room to pass.
  • If you are following a snow plow please stay back a minimum of 75 feet.