Wilton Prepares For Snowfalls By Optimizing Routes
A year ago, more than a foot of snow dropped on the town of Wilton. The total, while large, is not an unheard of amount in New England. The snow that must have been fun for the residents under the age of 18, was mostly a nuisance for those that had to shovel out their cars or driveways, whether or not they had a snowblower. Even once they got out, there was nowhere to go since the snow had practically shut down the entire city, save for emergency personnel who have to be on hand no matter what.
The other people that have to be on hand are the people in the plows clearing the streets to get the town back up and running. And that’s why Wilton, along with the rest of the towns in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments worked together to find out the best routes for snow removal in a model of regionalization.
As reported in the Wilton Bulletin, the regional agency is working on a program to optimize snow removal on a town by town basis, in a study funded by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. By optimizing the routes, not only can these mayors and first selectmen get their towns back up and running sooner, but they can also save money on things like efficiency costs: those big snow plows don’t exactly have the same miles-per-gallon as a Toyota Prius. Avoiding hitting the same roads twice can add up to huge savings, especially in years where the state gets a lot of these bomb cyclones that have a tendency to drop large amounts of snow in short periods of time.
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According to the Bulletin, “each municipality worked with the consultant, Axiomatic LLC, to adjust snow removal routes using route optimization software, FleetRoute by C2Logix. Preliminary findings have shown that many of the small- to medium-sized municipalities already have very close to optimized routes, while many of the larger municipalities, with more than 25 routes, found efficiencies by adjusting their routes.” But very close to optimized routes can still find room for improvement, and it doesn’t mean that every recommendation will be heeded for the simple reason that sometimes humans know things that computers don’t.
If the Farmer’s Almanac is to be believed, then we are headed for a very snowy winter, saying that Connecticut is going to experience a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter.” The Farmer’s Almanac is not to be confused with the Old Farmer’s Almanac (they were founded in 1792, a full 26 years before the Farmer’s Almanac), which predicted almost the exact opposite.
Being prepared for whatever weather may come will be much easier for the towns and cities in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, knowing that they will have the most efficient snow routes, and will have them up and running as quickly as possible.