- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Officials in Cleveland say upgraded equipment puts them in a better situation to handle the weather this winter.

City officials said Thursday they spent $6 million this year on vehicles for the streets division. Those include 31 snowplow trucks and five pickup trucks with plows.

Chief Operating Officer Darnell Brown says the division’s snow removal fleet is now at 75 vehicles. That’s up from 58 last year. He says the upgrades improve the fleet’s condition from “poor” to “fair.”

Brown says staffing won’t increase from last year. He says 125 drivers will work three shifts the next time the city is hit by snow.

Maintenance issues nearly crippled the city’s snow removal fleet last winter during back-to-back storms. But Brown says this season will be different.

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