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New equipment added to Boston Public Works' fleet for snow removal efforts

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BOSTON - Monday, December 2, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that new multi-functional equipment has been added this year to the Boston Public Works Department (PWD)’s fleet of snow removal equipment in order to further assist with cleanup efforts on Boston’s roadways, sidewalks and bike lanes following winter storms. 

“We’re always looking for ways to further improve our response to winter storms, and with this new equipment we’ll have even better tools at our disposal to keep our roads, sidewalks and bike lanes in good shape during snowstorms,” said Mayor Walsh. “I want to thank all of the Public Works crews who work so hard during every snow event to make sure that Boston is safe for all residents.” 

This year, PWD’s Central Fleet Maintenance Division added 15 new Ford F350’s with mounted plows and spreaders to assist with snow clearing efforts across the city, including in hard to access alleys. These trucks are the first of its kind in the PWD fleet. 

In order to treat and clear more tight, compact spaces such as neighborhood bike lanes, crosswalks and pedestrian ramps, six Avant 760 mini-loaders were added to the fleet. These multi-dimensional, versatile vehicles can be used year-round, and have various attachments including a plow, snow blower and sweeper broom.

Additionally, three Brutus Polaris were purchased to assist with snow clearing efforts on our sidewalks and bike lanes during the winter season. For the rest of the year, these vehicles will be utilized for neighborhood trash collection.

Each year, the Boston Public Works Department consistently adds pieces of equipment to their snow clearing operations in order to service the over 850 miles of roadway in Boston, and eight miles of protected bike lanes on Boston’s streets.

About the Public Works Department

The Boston Public Works Department (PWD) provides core services essential to neighborhood quality of life. We direct general construction, maintenance, and cleaning of approximately 802 miles of roadways throughout the City. PWD operates two major drawbridges, maintain 68,055 street lights, and supervise contracts for the removal and disposal of approximately 190,000 tons of solid waste. We also operate Boston’s recycling program with an annual diversion of approximately 45,000 tons. Follow them on Twitter @BostonPWD.  

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