Challenges of Keeping the Roads Clear

Created: 02/18/2014 5:45 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Like the rest of us, snow plow operators are bracing for another winter storm.

And they’ll be ready.

"Whether it's a 10 inch snowfall or a 2 inch snowfall, we still need to be out there plowing," said Austin City Engineer Steven Lang. “Ultimately public safety is our main concern."

“Those seconds do count when we're responding certainly in many of those emergencies, but overall I think they do the best they can," added Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

“Budget is always a consideration, but it's lower on the list," city engineer Steven Lang added.

This latest wave of storms started on Saturday.

"We brought our snow plows in early in the afternoon Saturday and we plowed our main and secondary roads," Steven Lang told ABC6. Those main and secondary roads make up about 40 of the 140 miles of plowable streets in the city of Austin.

"Then we also went into our residential areas and plowed the entire city on Saturday," Lang explained.

On Monday, it was time to do it all over again.

"I think it was about 10:30am we called our crews in and just ran those main and secondary roads," city engineer Steven Lang said.

"It could be better, but it's not the worst. They could not be there at all," Cheyanne Steinbrink told us. She delivers pizza, and spends a lot of time driving the streets of Austin.

“Those side roads are more worse than the main roads, like in front of the high school and things like that. And the one ways, but the side roads aren't usually too pretty," Steinbrink added,

“The ideas was we would bring our crews in Monday night into Tuesday to do our downtown clean-up and our second group of crews would then go into the residential areas on Tuesday," city engineer Steven Lang explained.

“Granted, it may take a day or two, but we only have so many plows, so many streets," added Sheriff Terese Amazi.

“We have to get rid of it,” Steven Lang said. “It's not at the stage where it's going to start melting yet, so we just have to deal with it."

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