The Sioux Falls Streets Department has been on 12-hour shifts since Saturday trying to get the snow off the roads. It looks like that will continue as the city preps for another round of winter weather Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
While you were sleeping Monday night, Lead Equipment Operator Shandy Dvorak and his team were out and about clearing the roads.
“I’m looking for a day off. We’ve been here too much,” Dvorak said.
Unfortunately, it looks like Dvorak and the rest of the department will stay pretty busy this week.
“It started off pretty easy. We didn’t have a lot of snow to begin the year out,” Dvorak said.
That’s about to change according to Street Operations Manager Dustin Hansen.
“We’re probably about 30-percent of the budget. That’s about average through February. Our budget is about $8 million and we’re a little over $2 million. So not too bad,” Hansen said.
It’s been a relatively quiet winter so far for the street department but Hansen says things are starting to pick up. There was an event earlier this week and now they’re watching for one more Tuesday and another this weekend.
“We could have well over 100. Probably close to 150 with contractors. Our street department we have about 45 full-time and about 20 part-time individuals,” Hansen said.
Hansen says his crew is using snow gates.
“We do get a fair amount of calls on ones they think that were missed but snow gates, people have to remember, they do not get rid of all the snow. They just help lessen the amount of snow. So you’re still going to see, after a four inch snow, maybe three or four inches at the end of your driveway,” Hansen said. “Then if you’re at the end of a block, potentially you could get a little bit more because that snow operator continues to carry that snow down and we have to put that snow somewhere.”
With more winter weather ahead, plows will be at it again through the night.
Hansen says there have been two snow alerts this year. On average, the City of Sioux Falls sees 5-6 snow alerts every year.