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Springfield DPW works to clear streets

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield's Department of Public Works has already been working on clearing the roads but they have a lot of work ahead of them tonight.

DPW drivers have been on the roads since 11 Wednesday night preparing for the two-day long storm and they're expecting to work all through the night.

Springfield DPW had 10 trucks out this afternoon and will start to pick things up later on this evening.

"When we go plowing we'll have up to 170 vehicles both city and private," said Al Chwalek, Springfield's DPW director. 

Tackling a two-day storm like this will be difficult, especially when drivers can only plow for 16 hours at a time.

"We've got to make sure that we have all the bases covered now and over the next 36 hours," Chwalek said. 

DPW also needs to factor in the cold temperatures when salting the roads.

"There's a container behind me with liquid calcium we add the liquid calcium but when you get wind chill temperatures 10, 15 below zero it's completely ineffective so we'll just keep putting product down we could put some sand down to help with the traction but you know snow and those kind of temperatures it's very, very difficult to combat," Chwalek said. 

Things will really start picking up late tonight.

"We'll be busiest after midnight we'll have all hands on deck," Chwalek said. 

DPW says they will still be picking up trash over the next few days so they're asking residents not to put their trash barrels near the roads because it will make plowing much more difficult for drivers.

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