Snow & Ice Removal

Wakefield's New Larue Loader-Mounted Snowblower (D40) Attachment
The new Larue Snowblower attachment was used for the first time on February 15th, 2017 and replaces the 1970 Sicard Snowblower.
The Larue is rated at 2,315 tons per hour compared to the 1,200 tons per hour for the 1970 Sicard.

Helpful Snow Tips
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The Hazards of Cold
Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
Safe Winter Walking
Protect Yourself from Winter Work Hazards
 

*** Winter Play Safety ***


Do not allow children to play on or around the street during or after a storm.  In addition, please make sure that children do not build snow forts or tunnels in areas near the road, including in snow banks at driveways and cul-de-sacs.
Toys and sledding areas should be kept far away from the street.

 

What a Winter It Was!

Dealing with extreme weather events in all seasons has become common for Public Works and requires that all ten (10) divisions take part in snow and ice operations and other weather events to ensure that roads, schools, town buildings, and town parking lots are safe and usable as quickly and efficiently as possible. Each winter storm event requires the DPW to maintain 550 roads, representing 105 miles and 250 lane miles of roadway.

As of March 23rd, the Town of Wakefield received a whopping 114.25 inches of snow and responded to 26 snow and ice events. In a 23 day period from January 24th to February 16th, Wakefield received a total of 92 inches of snow, 30 inches more than the past 5 year seasonal average of 62 inches. In addition to the plowing, sanding and salting operations of roads and facilities, the DPW widened streets, cleared the downtown areas on three occasions and performed a major snow clearing operation of roofs at town buildings.

This winter was a challenge; however, "The Wakefield Public Works staff and our contractors did an outstanding job keeping Wakefield streets safe and passable. In the 10-day period from January 24th to February 2nd, this group of committed and dedicated public servants worked as many as 163 hours. They had little rest, no days off, and sacrificed their families for the benefit of Wakefield. They take their jobs as emergency first responders seriously and are committed to making sure that Wakefield is safe for residents and visitors."

"They are the 'silent arm' of public safety." "I cannot think of a better group of professionals to be associated with."

As for the residents and businesses of Wakefield, the DPW is grateful for your support, patience and cooperation during this winter and for helping to keep the roadways clear of cars during snow and ice operations, and for clearing sidewalks, catch basins and hydrants in front of your homes and businesses. Thank you!!

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