After last year’s “easy winter”, the Chillicothe Street Department has had to roll up their sleeves a little more this year. Still not through the winter yet, the Street Department has already worked through two loads of the sand and salt mixture that is used to improve road conditions in the winter weather.

After last year’s “easy winter”, the Chillicothe Street Department has had to roll up their sleeves a little more this year. Still not through the winter yet, the Street Department has already worked through two loads of the sand and salt mixture that is used to improve road conditions in the winter weather. Speaking on the materials used to treat the frozen roads, Street department Superintendant Barry Arthur said, “The difference is the ice storm we had early on. An ice storm uses ten times what a twelve inch snow will take.” The City of Chillicothe has 80 miles of city streets, although the snow emergency routes are plowed and treated as a first priority, the street department works on all of the roads. The department plowed and treated three times during the ice storm and only twice since then, using two entire treatment loads and have ordered two more. The Street Department doesn’t have a winter season budget either, they have a total year budget of $80,000 and this winter has already used about $5000 on the treatment materials alone.