Ronnie Hammonds, the manager of Kingsport’s Streets and Sanitation division shared this little-known fact Friday afternoon during the city’s annual inspection of its snow removal equipment.
The annual inspection is typically held around the end of October, first of November before the start of anything resembling winter. It’s done so crews can make sure every piece of equipment in its fleet is in good working condition for the upcoming winter season.
“There was nothing major last year, but there were several storms that were predicted and we still used quite a bit of salt,” Hammonds said.
All of the trucks were lined up, plows and salt spreaders have been attached and the nearby storage tower is packed to the ceiling with road salt. Here’s a list of vehicles Kingsport has in its fleet to tackle the round-the-clock job of removing snow and ice from city streets, should the snow start falling.
- 18 pick-up trucks
- 10 single axle trucks
- 7 tandem axle trucks
- 3 pre-treatment trucks
- 1 road grader
SALT ON HAND
Kingsport currently has between 3,500 to 4,000 tons of salt on hand, and contracts in place to procure another 4,000 tons if necessary. Last year the city used more than 3,900 tons, which is typical given the past six years of usage.