Majority of residential streets in Duluth cleared of snow

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

Snow plows making their way up Central Entrance in Duluth

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- As of Thursday, snow plow operators have been able to clear 98% of residential streets in Duluth with the goal of finishing alleys by Friday.

According to city officials, snow plow operators have been working 16 hour shifts since Monday, covering 400 miles of roads to get ahead of this historic snow storm.

“Our snow plow operators have been working hard for the past few days. Plows have focused on the main arterial routes and emergency routes first. They have done a great job keeping those clear,” said Kelly Fleissner, Interim Director of Public Administration.

The City has used all 22 plow trucks and 22 graders to tackle this snowstorm that left behind up to 29 inches in some parts of the city.

While very few streets remain unplowed, some are impassable due to snowed in cars making the roads too narrow for trucks to access. Residents are urged to dig out their cars and move them so snow plows can complete clearing the rest of the residential streets.

To help snow plow operators finish their work in the coming days, the public is reminded that they should adhere to the change over for alternate side parking on Sunday. Cars must be moved to the “odd” side of the street between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Residents are also discouraged from shoveling or blowing excess snow onto City streets or alleys so these routes remain clear for passage.

This week’s snow storm alone has cost the City about $150,000 in equipment, salt, sand, and staff time to date.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns