City, county, state departments use different strategies to clear roadways

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GREENFIELD — As any motorist can attest, not all roads are created equal when it comes to snow removal and how much salt is used.

While area street departments have large stashes of salt on hand to clear streets of ice and packed snow, the type of weather, type of road and money plays into how a street is handled.

Rural roads may only get salted at places where wintry weather can become especially hazardous, like hills and bridges. But city streets and state highways are pretty uniformly covered with salt because of their heavy use.

While the most heavily traveled roads get the most attention, the density of the snow and the temperature can also affect how quickly streets are cleared. Here is a look at how three local street departments handle winter weather.

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