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With temperatures starting to dip, City of Albuquerque Street Maintenance crews are preparing for frozen precipitation.

November 7, 2013

Albuquerque, NM— With temperatures starting to dip, City of Albuquerque Street Maintenance crews are preparing for frozen precipitation.

Crews took to the streets early Thursday morning practicing their routes for snow removal. Prior to this dry run, crews spent the last few weeks testing equipment and taking inventory of salt-cinder.

"As we saw during the July microburst, these are the men and women on the front lines ensuring the public’s safety," Mayor RJ Berry said.  "This practice run allows them to discover any issues before they’re called into duty."

The Street Maintenance Division of the Department of Municipal Development (DMD) has 44 trucks with plows. Of those 44 trucks, 37 have salt/cinder spreaders. Since the end of last winter season DMD has added new staff members and constructed new roads, which warrant another dry run.

"Our staff takes pride in their emergency response preparedness," DMD Director Michael Riordan said. "We do not want our crews first run to be at 2 A. M. on snow filled roads."

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