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Snow Gates Back Again This Winter

December 4, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Snow Gates Back Again This Winter
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The snow is coming down again, and for the fourth straight winter in Sioux Falls, the snow gates are coming out.

Six snow plows this year will have the gates attached to them, keeping snow piles on driveways and near sidewalks much lower.

For Russ Witt, he appreciates what the snow gates do at the corner close to his home.

"Well, when they've come by here before, it hasn't been perfect. They've left a little bit of snow in front of those, but it's a heck of a lot better than plugging up all the access to the sidewalks and it freezes solid," Witt said.

Witt hopes he doesn't have to see much of what the alternative has to offer.

"When a regular snow plow comes through here, they shove everything up there and you end up with, depending on how much snow is out there, you can end up with a drift that's three or four feet high of hard-packed, frozen snow to try to dig through," Witt said.

The city is using three years of data and testing to roll out the snow gates effectively, but Ray Luke wants to see more of them out right now.

"From what I've seen, they look like they do a good job. Kind of tired of hearing about them. I think they just should put them on and use them," Luke said.

This is the last winter season before a vote to approve the use of the snow gates on all city plows takes place.

Based on what they see in front of their homes, both Witt and Luke believe the measure will pass with no major hurdles.

"Can't say for the rest of Sioux Falls, but I think everybody would see the benefit once they see the gates in action," Witt said.

City officials do say that it will take longer to plow the streets if the snow gates are being used.

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