Starting today, we will have trucks - about 50 of them - making runs through the residential and tertiary roads. These trucks will not be plowing, but they will be spreading a mixture of salt and sand. For now, that mixture will help to improve traction. This weekend, when we start to see some warmer temperatures, the salt will increase the speed at which the ice melts.Waelterman may want to send one of those trucks, equipped with a needle and an extra-large medical waste bag, to the RFT offices. Our heads about to explode, and it's gonna be messy.
Running our trucks through the side streets -- which we normally do not do, unless there is a particularly hazardous condition reported -- will cost the city an extra $50,000 in taxpayer money. But, the need is clear," writes streets director Todd Waeltermann on the mayor's blog. "There is just too much ice out there right now. We will be out until we get through all of these streets.