Snow plows were up and down every main Sioux Falls street over the weekend and on Monday, but you may not have seen one drive by your house. Crews only head to neighborhood side streets if a snow alert is issued. It is not that we have been without the elements. In fact, only three words need to be uttered:
"South Dakota winter," homeowner Daryl Sagness said.
Sagness and his wife, Rose, spent much of Monday outside their home near 26th Street and Bahnson Avenue chipping away at the ice on their driveway. Sagness is no rookie, however. The seasoned South Dakotan nonchalantly littered his driveway with hearty scoops of salt.
"Miracle stuff, miracle stuff!!" Sagness said.
His driveway was clean, but it was a different story beyond his property line.
"The streets are, they're a mess!" Sagness said.
The snow, slush and ruts on neighborhood streets made for a slow and bumpy drive. Sioux Falls Street Fleet Manager Galynn Huber said workers may not have plowed secondary roads, but they spent all weekend and some of Monday laying down a salt and sand mixture.
"With the next couple of days, with the temperatures getting up into the 30s, that sand and salt is going to get down into that and create driving lanes on those residential streets," Huber said.
Huber said the city received call after call about the neighborhood side streets, however he says not many people complained about them not getting plowed. In fact, most people were glad.
"We said, 'No, we haven't declared a snow alert,'" Huber said. "We didn't need to. They said, 'Good. That way I don't have to move my vehicle.' That's the biggest concern. Whether or not they are going to get ticketed," Huber said.
But Sagness has been more worried about neighborhood crashes.
"You got to be careful of the other guy driving because they don't have to slow down at intersections. They still go 50 miles per hour up to the corner. They stop and they'll (try to) stop right away. They don't do that," Sagness said.