Snow and salt crews hit streets, ask for patience

Even with light snowfall, it's still a heavy job for road city crews.

"It's just enough that if we weren't out and about, it would create slick conditions," said David Pratt with City of Toledo's Streets, Bridges and Harbor.

It's also just enough snow to keep a full staff around the clock.

"We've been working 12 and16 hours everyday trying to keep up with the snowfall," said driver Bernard Hamilton. "So that's 12 hours on 12 hours off.

Hamilton says they're hitting the main streets first, refilling their trucks with two ton loads of salt four to six times per day. He says crews are trying to make life a little easier for those on the roads.

"If the citizens would just give the salt truck driver a little break and let him go on about his business, he's only going to be in their way a couple of minutes," said Hamilton. "They'll be at a stop sign or stop light longer than he's going to be in front of them."

Salt and snow removal trucks are considered emergency vehicles and have the right of way. Citizens are cautioned to give salt trucks at least 50 feet of room.

"Sometimes we have to make moves back and forth, slow down and speed up. But mostly we have to watch traffic," said Hamilton. "We can't just stop this thing on the dime because it's loaded full of salt and that can slide too believe it or not."

Sliding is the last thing any driver wants to see on the roads.

"Only thing they've got to do is give us a chance and we'll get the job done," said Hamilton.