Work Remains to Clear the Snow

Created: 02/24/2014 6:12 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- We're happy to see that horrible snow storm pass us, but the aftermath has proven to still be a big headache for road crews. From removing the massive piles of snow, to trying to scrape away at that thick layer of compacted snow, the work clean-up.
"The black tops or hard surface roads really have a lot of compaction on them," said Olmsted County Maintenance Supervisor David Scanlan.
Many roads have yet to be fully cleared from this massive snow storm. "The cars had it packed down before we could get it off," said Scanlan.
Crews are seeing 2 to 3 inches of compacted snow on Olmsted County Roads, something that's going to be hard to get rid of this week. "The weather is cold so the weather doesn’t really do a lot," said Scanlan.
On top of that, they’re still working to widen roads back up. However, when you get into towns the plowing isn’t the biggest issue. "We'll be out there for a week and a half to two weeks, working on this large quantity of snow in the gutter lines that we want to get picked up,” said Austin Engineer Steven Lang. "We have 2 designated sites that were permitted by the Cedar River Watershed District to dump snow on the Marcusen Ballpark site and 3rd Ave and 5th St. SE.
With slick roads and a lot of snow still in the way, the effects from the storm are far from over. "They ( the roads) are very slippery so you’ve just got to slow down and drive with caution," said Scanlan.
Since we are having such cool weather, it could be a while before that compacted snow can be chipped off of roads.