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Warmth Brings Work For Street Dept.

December 12, 2013, 5:06 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Warmth Brings Work For Street Dept.

A little bit of warmth was a welcome change for those in the Sioux Falls area.

With the weather getting well above zero today, Donna Miller decided to get her shovel out again and clean up her sidewalks.

"I like to be out, you know, when it's nice. I like to do my own yard work when I can and everything," Miller said.

The Sioux Falls Street Department is doing the same. Crews hit the streets to get them into better shape.

"Usually after every snow storm we have three to four days of cleanup work. Well, we've had some back-to-back snows and I haven't had the opportunity to go back from that six inch snow to clean those areas up. Now we're trying to catch up with things a little bit," Street Utility Manager Galynn Huber said.

Crews hit some of the major roads, like Sycamore Avenue where they pushed the remaining snow back to the center and hauled it away.

It is all in an effort to clean the snow up. 

"We have some slippery conditions out there where we want to get some sand on and chemical on. This weather is going to help break that through so we're not going out every day and putting sand down," Huber said.

The above zero temperatures will allow snow and ice melting chemicals to start working again. Residents appreciate every bit of grip they can get. 

"They've sanded here a couple of times. That helps," Miller said.

A few days without snow will also help.

The maintenance crew is also busy at the Street Department. 15 pieces of equipment have broken down in recent days. The sub-zero weather is partly to blame for that.

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