Snow Plow Challenges for Duluth

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

Snow plows making their way up Central Entrance in Duluth

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With snow and ice headed towards the Northland once again, the city of Duluth is worried about the impact snow plowing this late in the season is having on roads.

The City of Duluth sent out this news release concerning the challenge of snow plowing well into Spring:

"With yet another snow storm forecasted today and tomorrow, the City of Duluth would like make public aware of recent spring snow plow challenges.

Plowing our city streets in temperatures of 10 to 20 below and plowing our streets in the spring bring different challenges to our City snow plow staff.

When temperatures freeze the ground, snow plow operators can take the snow plow blade and place it next to the ground clearing the road or alley of most snow, but recently the ground has become wet and soft due large amounts of snow and above-freezing temperatures.

This is creating difficult snow grading or plowing conditions. Snow plowing or grading of soft wet gravel surfaces could cause damage to the road surface and make pass ability worse.

Maintenance Operations staff indicated many gravel alleys have become very soft due to the large amount of precipitation we have received paired with the above-freezing temperatures.

Some alleys that have been plowed have sustained damage due to this, causing the condition of the alley to be worse instead of better. Maintenance Operations is monitoring the situation and doing what they can to mediate; however, if these weather conditions persist, it might get worse before it gets better.

We would also like remind residents to follow the alternate side parking rules and keep trash cans out of the roadway.

We hope this is the last snow storm of the season."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns