By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
As soon as the snow starts, road crews will hit the streets.
This could be the wallop of a winter storm that we haven't had in a while. For you, that may mean you have to dust off those snow shovels and gas up the snow blowers, but for the city, that means mixing up sand and salt and getting the trucks ready.
Sioux City officials says they're ready for the storm. As soon as the snow starts, road crews will hit the streets. They'll work 12 hour shifts around the clock to clear the streets. They'll start with the main roads, which they call priority one streets. Those are streets like Hamilton Boulevard and Floyd Boulevard. They'll also work on what they call priority two streets, like Glen Oaks and Indian Hills. Once the priority one and two streets are done, and the snow and wind have stopped, they'll start the residential streets. City leaders recognize this can be frustrating for drivers.
"You'll see us a lot of times going back and forth over those streets, but really it's an operational call and a necessity thing and we'll do it as we need to and we get into the residentials as soon as we can though," says Brian Fahrendholz, the field services manager with Sioux City.
Fahrendholz says to make things easier for plows, park in your garage and give plows some space to work.
"That makes our job a lot easier, a lot quicker, and it buries a lot less sidewalks and driveways as time goes on," says Fahrendholz.
For storms, the city often pre-treats roads with a brine solution, but they won't for this storm because it's too could and could make things worse.
Fahrendholz says they have plenty of salt stocked up for this storm and any following. They'll have 60 vehicles hitting the roads to keep them clear.
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