Clearing the roads quicker and more effective are goals Jackson Township hopes to achieve this snow season.

Clearing the roads quicker and more effective are goals Jackson Township hopes to achieve this snow season.

The township added two new trucks with plows for $270,693, two additional routes and three new highway employees.

Jackson Township Assistant Public Works Director Victor Volpe said a couple of the routes were taking too long to clear as it was taking a driver three hours to make one pass on a route.

Volpe said last year the township had 14 routes, but decided to break up the routes that were farthest out so those drivers didn't have to keep coming back for salt as often.

The township will use 20 trucks to clear the 203 miles of road, which is broken into 16 routes. Several smaller pickup trucks with plows are used to clear parking lots such as the service center and town hall.

Jackson purchased 1,000 tons of salt this year through the county for $55.21 per ton.

Volpe said Jackson is growing with all the new housing allotments.

“The township is growing and the department has to grow with it,” Volpe said. “As it grows, it takes longer to do the routes.”

He said the warm November and December wasn't too much different compared to last year except last year November featured a heavy snow late in the month. Last year crews only went out to clear snow and ice four times in November and three times in December.

Volpe said the warmer weather late last year allowed for more permeant repairs to be made to potholes instead of just patching them as the asphalt plants were open later. In additional to road repairs, a lot of drainage work was completed.

“The warmer weather helped us a lot,” Volpe said.

Last year the township introduced a parking ban on township streets for when it snows more than two inches. A lot of people were warmed last year as Volpe said the police knocked on a lot of doors.

He said this year the ban will be enforced more and tickets will be issued.

When a car is parked on the street it not only makes an obstacle to plow around, but once the car is moved, big mounds of snow remain in the road, creating a hazard for other drivers.

Volpe said when a parked car is moved, people often call about the mound of snow in the road and a truck has to be sent out to clear it.

He said one of the biggest problems is portable basketball hoops that people leave in the streets. He asks residents to remove them to help with the plowing process.

Volpe said basketball hoops are very common in cul-de-sacs, which are hard enough to plow without any obstacles.

“Speed limits for the roads are for good conditions not poor conditions,” Volpe said. “When traveling in the winter months motorists should allow more time to get to their destination.”