Cold temperatures are forcing City of Sioux Falls employees to change how residential streets are cleared in Sioux Falls. Crews have been out in force, and have made progress on the emergency and secondary routes. However, the residential streets, which make up two-thirds of Sioux Falls' driving lanes, have not been as easy to navigate. Crews are making the sand and salt mix stronger, to combat snow that is piling up in the bitter cold.
Sioux Falls Street and Fleet Operations Manager Galynn Huber said usually the snow has time to melt, allowing these streets to clear. The standard sand and salt mix, which is 10-percent salt and 90-percent sand is not cutting through the packed down snow on residential streets.
"We're not used to that. We're used to, when we go out there, we hit them and they are looking good," Huber said. "We've now gone through and changed our recipe a little bit."
The Streets Department bumped that up to 30-percent salt and 70-percent sand.
"That's about 2,000 lane miles we will be covering," Huber said.
"People will really start to see a nice driving lane down the center of the residential streets again by this time next week," Mark Cotter said.
Cotter says you will also see snow plows tackle finger drifts.
"And hopefully, again, with the recovering temperatures next week, our residential streets will really start to recover and you'll really start to see that - that nice driving lane," Cotter said.
Huber said there could be a tradeoff with this more aggressive approach, in that drivers may notice more potholes sprouting within the city. He said crews will patch those up with asphalt, as soon as all of the snow and ice is clear, and after temperatures warm up.