Sioux City snow plow drivers work to clear the roads quickly
The city says its top priority are the main thoroughfares.
One of the most challenging jobs is keeping the roads clear of snow.
If you've driven around Sioux City right after a snowstorm hits, you might have seen Ron Isaccson's work.
"It's always an experience, the first snow of the year, dealing with all the traffic and stuff," Ron Isaccson, a Sioux City snow plow driver said.
Isaccson drives one of the city's snow plow trucks.
"It's got a ten foot snowplow on the front, and a 5 yard salt spreader on the back," Isaccson said.
He's worked in road maintenance with the city for 25 years. He trained to do a number of jobs, during mild parts of the year, he's often out street sweeping. But unlike street sweeping he says snow plowing is sometimes more challenging.
"We have to watch out for traffic, parked cars, obstacles that tend to jump out, are you know curbs," Isaacson said.
And as he's getting used to clearing snow again, he's reminding people to also be cautious as they see snow clearing equipment on the road.
"Give us a little extra room, beside us, behind us, it just makes it a whole lot easier to maneuver these trucks around," Isaacson said.
Obstacles and challenges aside, Isaacson says snow plowing is fun, and he's not tired of the snow.
"It's a nice change, it gives that seasonal Christmas atmosphere," Isaacson said.
The city says its top priority are the main thoroughfares. That's a must, so emergency vehicles can get through, if needed. And that means they are asking for patience if your residential street has not been cleared yet.
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