County purchases new equipment in preparation for winter

Special to The Times

It may read 99 degrees on the thermometer, but Henry County wants to assure its citizens that they are ready for whatever weather may come in the fast approaching winter months. In preparation, the Henry County Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) recently added two dump trucks and four salt and sand spreaders to its fleet of service vehicles and machinery, to help keep roads clear and safe in the event of inclement weather.

Last December the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that allowed the D.O.T. to purchase three Warren salt and sand spreaders and one Wausau snow plow from Interstate Truck Equipment which raised their total number of spreaders to six. The equipment was just recently delivered. The spreaders can be hooked up to any dump truck and can be ready for use in the span of an hour. To accommodate the new spreaders, Commissioners authorized the D.O.T. to purchase two 2015 International Tandem Dump Trucks earlier this year.

The new trucks and equipment will allow transportation personnel to dedicate one truck to be used solely for the critical areas of fire stations, police stations and the roads leading to and around Piedmont Henry Hospital. The other four trucks allow the county to be divided into quadrants to more efficiently remove snow and ice, making roadways safer during inclement weather.

The addition of four snow/ice control machines and hydraulics systems including pumps, valves, switches, hoses, quick disconnects and light plugs cost a total of $93,622.00. The price also includes installation. A total of $223,972.00 was allocated for the purchase of the two dump trucks.

“This is a great stride for Henry County D.O.T., to help us better manage an ice or snow event, because the safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance,” said Terry McMickle, Director of Henry County’s Department of Transportation.

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