The Riverbend is only expecting cold weather as the first winter storm tracks across the Great Lakes, but Alton’s Public Works Department expects to be ready when the first snowflake flies.  Last year was especially brutal on many area road crews, but with a fleet that has been upgraded over the past year or so, the thought is the city will be ready for almost anything Mother Nature sends our way.

Public Works Director Bob Barnhart says they are making the transition to winter.

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He says once the trucks have been converted for winter use, the crews will make some test runs to make sure they and the equipment are ready to roll when frozen precipitation comes.  Barnhart says they have ordered 1,600 tons of salt within the past week, so between that and the ice-melting agent left over from last year, he thinks the city will be in good shape through the end of the year.


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