Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 9, 2013

Equipment failures frustrate road crews


MT. VERNON — The city and the county experienced various mechanical problems with its snow-plowing equipment during the weekend.

"We started off with seven trucks, got down to three, and now we're up to four," said Public Works Director Matt Fauss, noting there were various kinds of mechanical breakdowns.

"We had two trucks off the road at the same time on Friday night, and we've had a truck in here (maintenance garage) almost all the time since the storm began," said Brandon Simmons, Jefferson County Highway Department engineer.

"All in all, we've probably had four trucks off into a ditch at some point during the whole storm," he added.

Simmons said the county has used about 300 to 400 tons of salt in combatting poor road conditions, but still has about 90 percent capacity at its salt bin.