TV5 Goes Inside County Road Commish Garage 2-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

TV5 Goes Inside County Road Commish Garage 2-25-2011

Most of Mid-Michigan was spared from a snowstorm that caused some problems in Detroit on Friday morning, but road crews were ready to go if the storm would have hit the area.
WNEM TV5's Craig McMorris went out to check how the Bay County Road Commission is making sure its trucks are ready for the next storm.
McMorris said he found mechanics busy at the road commission garage. While drivers got a break from plowing and salting 1,100 miles of road in Bay County, four full-time mechanics made sure the vehicles are in tip-top shape.
Road commission officials said maintenance saves the county valuable taxpayer dollars.
“We have a very good preventive maintenance program,” said Randy Frederick, with Bay County’s road commission. “Our garage foreman does an excellent job of that, always stays on top of the equipment constantly."
Meanwhile, the drivers serve as their own pit-crew when it comes to their trucks.
"Our drivers check their trucks out at the end of the day,” said Frederick. “Every day when they come in, they make sure all the oil levels are up, all the fluid levels are up [and] they check their blades to make sure they have enough to go back out without changing them."
With February’s two snowstorms, this winter has been tougher than usual for road crews. So what does that mean for the Bay County Road Commission?
"This is an old-fashioned winter, that's what I call it,” said Frederick. “We haven't had one of these in quite a while. Some of my drivers haven't seen one of these either, but they've handled it very well. We have a good crew and they come through every time."
The Bay County road fleet consists of 25 trucks and seven graders. Forty drivers man those trucks, and they said they'll be ready to go for the next big snowstorm that hits the area.
Bay County is also ready to add a new $220,000 salt truck to its fleet. The department said it also has plenty of salt to last the rest of the winter season.
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