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City To Plow Side Streets Again

December 17, 2013, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

City To Plow Side Streets Again
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Even before the next snowfall, the city of Sioux Falls has made the decision to send out the plows again.  Because the city didn't plow after the last two minor snowfall events, a lot of side streets are a mess and people have been complaining.

"Very dangerous, honestly," James Williams said.

That's one way to describe some of Sioux Falls' city side streets.  Williams is like a lot of us and has been finding it hard to drive on some of them. He's says because the city didn't plow the last two snow events, the streets are slippery.

"Because a lot of accidents happen on side streets. Have you had any close calls? A lot, a lot of close calls," Williams said

That's why the city street department is sending plows back out again to hit some of trouble areas.

"If it's just snow packed, it seems people can drive around in it.  Now you get a bunch of loose snow on top of the snow pack and that's what makes it so treacherous and hard to maneuver in it," Galynn Huber with the city street department said.

Huber has asked his supervisors to reassess certain areas of the city to see if they need to be plowed again. In some areas, the streets are good, but others Huber says need attention.

"I think I'm getting so many calls now I'm going to have to take some motor graders out there and try to limit the amount of snow they put in people's driveways, but certainly we need to go out and do it," Huber said.

Huber wants to remind people it's illegal to blow snow into the street and he says that's been part of the problem.  Huber says he still has about one million dollars in his snow removal budget for the remainder of the year and thinks with warmer weather and no big snow events in the forecast, he'll be fine.

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