Posted at: 03/04/2013 7:04 PM
By: Brianna Long
Prolonged Snowfall Makes Plowing Trickier
It has been a very busy day for them. Snow plow drivers say that it is a little easier to deal with this storm, because it is mostly snow, and not ice. However, because of how long the storm is lasting, they are constantly having to go over and over the roads, just to keep them in driveable conditions.
Snow plow drivers at MnDOT are working around the clock trying to keep the roads clear, and the people safe.
"We're going to be out there fighting this as long as we possibly can and get this cleaned up for the public," said Robert Langanki, with MnDOT.
And it's not just roads that are keeping drivers busy; private plow companies are out cleaning things like driveways and parking lots.
"People gotta eat. They got daycares, we've got churches, we've got some private schools, so there's more to it," said Robert Broadwater with Hawkeye Services.
And no matter which company they're with, the objective of these drivers is the same.
"Main objective is keeping the roads open, in other words, passable conditions," said Langanki.
But to do that, they need a little help from the public.
"Observe. Be courteous, be courteous, be courteous cause a lot of times, we look, but we may not see you. We've got blind spots just like you do. If there's a way around us, stay away from us. Just like I'm gonna do for you. Avoid a tragedy if you can," said Broadwater.
"This is Minnesota. These things happen and this is just what we have to live with up here. The expectations are to keep the roads as clean as possible and we're gonna do everything we possibly can until this is over," said Langanki.
MnDOT is recommending that people stay home if travel is not necessary.