User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.
 Winter Storm for January 31-February 1, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mixture Keeps Sioux Falls Streets Ice Free

January 29, 2013, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Mixture Keeps Sioux Falls Streets Ice Free
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

For those who commute into Sioux Falls, you might have found a surprise when you got to the city limits Tuesday morning.  That's because while roads were icy outside of town, for the most part, they were just wet inside the city.

The activity at the Sioux Falls Street Department Headquarters continued well into the day.  Large equipment replenished the stockpiles of material spread on the roads over the past few days.  In fact, trucks covered the city every hour overnight in an effort to make a difference.

"The difference is, if you're driving from out of town and hit the city limits, you can tell the difference. Our streets aren't slippery here; they're just wet," Street/Utilities Manager Galynn Huber said.

Huber says the secret to success for Sioux Falls is in white tanks.  The Calcium Chloride is mixed with salt.  That's what melts the ice on the streets and makes them drivable.  Twelve gallons of the liquid is mixed per ton of salt.  Then somewhere between 400 and 800 pounds is spread on a lane of roadway over a mile.

"The state D.O.T. uses a different chemical; some of the cities use a different chemical.  But for us here in Sioux Falls, it seems to work really well and we get exactly what we want with it," Huber said.

But just because roads appear fine now, doesn't mean the work is over.  Those at the street department will keep a careful eye on the roads because the incoming colder weather could easily create more ice.

"Those bridge decks might get a little bit slippery for us.  We'll hit those bridge decks for sure and then we'll watch the rest of the road.  If we start icing up on the rest of the road we'll have to get back out and hit it again," Huber said.

And hopefully the roads remain as safe as possible for everyone.

More than 40 trucks were out in Sioux Falls overnight, with a crew change that happened at midnight.  The city did experiment with different chemicals a few years ago.  While they were less expensive, they didn't work as well.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Police Identify Two Suspects In Sioux Falls Shooting

1/30/2015 10:55 AM

Police are searching for 17-year-old Conner Hanson and 19-year-old Robert Montes. Hanson and Montes are reported to be dangerous and should not be app...

Full Story
Shooting Suspects Arrested In Minnesota

1/30/2015 8:16 PM

Conner Hanson and Robert Montes have been arrested in Marshall, Minnesota in connection with the Thursday night shooting in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Police Searching For Two Suspects In Shooting

1/30/2015 12:09 AM

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that occurred near the Empire Mall. 

Full Story
Man Rescued From Big Stone Lake After Falling Through Ice

1/29/2015 5:30 PM

Officials are urging caution on the ice as warmer temperatures lead to changing ice conditions across the region.

Full Story | Watch
Parents Want Those Responsible For Racist Behavior At Hockey Game Held Accountable

1/28/2015 10:05 PM

More than 100 Native Americans met Wednesday with Rapid City official to discuss what Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris called racist and criminal ...

Full Story | Watch


Events