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Equipment and Deicer Supplies

  • The snow fleet includes:
    • 221 6- and 10-wheel dump trucks, known as heavy plows that are equipped with plows and salt spreaders;
    • 147 Ford 550s, known as light plows that are used on narrow residential streets and they, too, are equipped with plows and spreaders; 16 front-end loaders used to load salt into the plows’ spreaders; 
    • 12 skid steers used to clear snow from our narrowest streets;
  • Deicer supplies include:
    • 86,000 gallons of our brine and beet juice mixture to spray citywide before precipitation begins; however, if it’s raining before snowfall, this mixture will not be spread because rain will dilute it. This mixture lowers the temperature at which ice will bond to the pavement; and
    • 42,000 tons of salt that is stored in four salt domes across the District.