ROXBURY, NJ – The township today put some numbers behind what Roxbury residents already know: It’s been a tough winter in terms of snowfall.
For the past decade, Roxbury’s average annual snowfall total has been about 50 inches, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo. “This season so far, we have gotten 57 inches,” he said.
In fact, it snowed 21 days in the past month, according to the Roxbury Police Department.
Another month of winter awaits, but the season’s frozen precipitation to date has already pushed the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) past its normal winter workload, according to the mayor.
“Typically, we use 3,722 tons of salt, using that 10-year average,” DeFillippo said. “This season, we have already used 3,734 tons of salt.”
Clearing township roads has been “a monumental task” for township workers, he said. Roxbury uses 30 plows, including 10 contracted trucks, to clear 114 miles of roadway, 134 cul-de-sacs, 420 streets and more than 800 intersections, the mayor said.
“Typically, it takes three hours to salt all our roads, using 14 spreaders, and six hours to plow the 275 lane-miles of roadway. And it usually takes about eight hours to do the final clean-up after the snow stops,” DeFillippo said.
He pointed out that the work continues long after the last flakes or ice pellets fall, noting that over the past two weeks the DPW has had five machines “working daily to open cul-de-sacs, fire hydrants and push back intersections to clear sight lines for vehicles.”
Deputy Mayor Fred Hall, at Tuesday's Roxbury Mayor and Council Meeting, said he's been seeing people all over town helping each other dig out cars, driveways and mailboxes. "Special thanks for those who provide random acts of kindness around town," Hall said. "It's pretty heartwarming."
Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak also pointed to "the volunteerism of kids" in Roxbury, giving a special nod to Boy Scouts who are helping older residents and others unable to keep up with the relentless snowfall.
The mayor thanked residents who help firefighters and DPW crews clear snow away from hydrants. He also thanked the members of the DPW Road Department, DPW Director Rick Blood and Township Manager John Shepherd “for getting us through yet another challenge layered on top of the continuing COVID situation.”
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