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Cincinnati Shows Off New Winter Equipment

Cincinnati's Public Services crews has 14 new salt trucks to use when it comes time to clear snow and ice this winter.  

City officials showed off the new equipment Thursday morning at the city's main salt dome in Camp Washington.

Soon after taking office in 2013, Mayor John Cranley made getting new trucks a priority.

"We've got plenty of people to clear the streets, but we didn't have vehicles that were in good working order," Cranley said. "Because for too long basic services, the kind of services that everybody wants which is that we clear the roads and we pave the streets, were neglected."

The city's $110 million Capital Acceleration Program (CAP) paid for most of the new trucks. Each costs between $170,000 and $185,000.  

City Council approved the CAP plan in 2015 and the money is split between paving streets and upgrading the city's vehicle fleet.

The CAP program is also responsible for 55 new police cruisers already on the streets.

An ambulance, ladder truck, two fire pumper trucks and six garbage trucks should arrive in early January,

Meanwhile, city officials say the four salt domes are filled to capacity with 27,000 tons of salt. The city also uses calcium chloride, beet juice and brine to treat 3,112 lane miles of streets.