Snow and ice have not yet been mentioned in any Riverbend weather forecasts this season, but road crews around the region are getting ready anyway. Whatever Mother Nature sends our way this winter, the head of the Alton Public Works Department says his crew is prepared. Brad Cunningham says the department is making preparations for the first winter storm, even if it doesn't come.
He credits a mild winter last year with the availability of salt this season. He also says the lack of severe winter weather last year helped out the department's bottom line. Cunningham gives credit to the street department for being well prepared to handle the hills and brick streets around Alton, which he says can be tricky business.