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Press Releases > New City Snow Fighting Equipment

New City Snow Fighting Equipment

$1.3 million in new snow fighting equipment will help make Buffalo even stronger when winter weather strikes; Mayor Brown allocates $100,000 for new sidewalk snow removal pilot program

December 8, 2015 – The City of Buffalo’s Snow Fighting Team is ready for whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.  Surrounded by a new sidewalk snow remover, plows and other snow fighting equipment, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak and DPW Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Snow Removal Henry Jackson, conducted the annual inspection of Buffalo’s snow fighting fleet at the Department of Public Works Broadway Garage.  $1.3.million in new snow fighting equipment was purchased this year, including a new sidewalk snow remover, 5 new plows, 1 John Deere high lift and 23 salt spreaders added to existing plows.

“Winter preparedness and looking out for one another is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mayor Brown. “Last year, the world saw how Buffalo came together during the November to Remember Storm. Our city and its snow fighting team partnered with neighbors, businesses and partners in government to help one another get through a long and challenging season.  We did it and we stand ready to do it again.  Today, as we showcase the latest additions to Buffalo’s snow fleet, we also build on our city’s strong snow removal plan by launching a new sidewalk snow removal pilot program and an initiative to make city fire hydrants more visible in the snow.”

This winter, the city will begin a pilot sidewalk snow removal program to help clear sidewalks around city-owned properties on main thorough fares in high-priority pedestrian areas, including bridges and overpasses.  The city, in partnership with Veolia North America, is also in the process of marking city fire hydrants in an effort to make it easier for first responders to locate hydrants in the snow. 
The recently purchased snow fighting equipment increases the City of Buffalo’s total winter fleet to 78 pieces of equipment, for a total investment of $8.3 million since 2006.  Over 20 other additional pieces of equipment are available, if needed, from other divisions within the Department of Public Works. The city’s snow-fighting crew consists of nearly 70 truck drivers, equipment operators and heavy equipment operators who will be called upon to help clear more than 800 miles of Buffalo roads when snow starts to accumulate.

This year Buffalo will begin the snow season with approximately 11,000 tons of salt on hand. The salt is being stored at the Broadway Garage and the Department of Public Work’s Fuhrmann Boulevard location.