County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2022

County prepares for blizzard
Public Works ready to respond

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering will be performing snow and ice control operations in anticipation of the blizzard that is forecasted to affect Monmouth County starting today.

“Safety is our number one priority when it comes to severe weather. The County is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and County crews will be performing snow and ice control operations prior to, during and after the storm,” said Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering. “We recommend County residents stay home if possible but if you need to be out on the roads, be cautious while driving and keep a safe distance from snow and ice control equipment.”

According to the National Weather Service, blizzard conditions are expected near the coast with strong wind gusts, reduced visibility and snowfall of 8 to 15 inches. Northerly wind 30 to 40 mph with gusts around 50 mph. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from 3:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

“Our Public Works crews have applied salt brine and magnesium chloride-treated rock salt in advance of the storm, which we have done since 2007,” said Director Arnone. “Through our unique Shared Services program, the County will assist municipalities, Belford Ferry Terminal, Naval Weapons Station Earle, 35 building complexes with snow and ice removal, in addition to the 1,000 miles of road throughout the County, to keep residents and travelers as safe as possible.”

Applying the salt brine, which is 28 percent salinity, and magnesium chloride-treated rock salt prior to snowfall prevents the snow and ice from bonding to the roads, and the treated rock salt is environmentally friendly. It does not burn the grass or other roadside vegetation, nor does it corrode the trucks, or the steel bridge spans.

The County has 250 trucks and equipment available, along with 135,000 gallons of brine and 40,000 tons of treated salt available. When the County applies brine, it is eight gallons per lane mile.

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