Statement regarding road conditions on 12/28/15-12/29/15
The Town of Suffield Highway Department monitors weather conditions constantly during storms and makes judgements based on its experience as to how to treat our roads for the safety of travelers. As a general rule, the Highway Department refrains from plowing sleet or freezing rain because it is likely to cause black ice to form on exposed surfaces.
Late Monday night, Connecticut experienced its first inclement weather of winter 2015. Beginning at 11:30 p.m., the Highway Department began distributing a treated salt on the roads due to the forecast of freezing rain projected to last until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The Highway Department distributed material on the roads multiple times overnight. The salt lowers the freezing point of water to prevent the precipitation from causing black ice. At 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, when the precipitation had stopped and the threat of freezing on contact had passed, the Highway Department determined that it would be safe to plow the less than one inch of sleet and freezing rain that had accumulated overnight. After the roads were cleared, a final coat of treated salt material was applied to our roads.
Road clearing during storms requires close attention to changing weather conditions and the exercise of sound judgment based on experience. Thank you to our Highway Department for diligently managing the treatment of our roads for our safe travels during Monday night’s storm. During the period of this storm, no accidents were reported in the Town of Suffield.
Melissa M. Mack, First Selectman