Glenwood crews to continue snow removal into the weekend
December 10, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Glenwood Springs Streets Superintendent Rick Turner said his crew did a pretty good job clearing the streets of close to 15 inches of snow that fell Tuesday.
“We are on schedule,” Turner said Wednesday morning. “Twenty-four hours ago, we were in the middle of a pretty good snowstorm, and within 24 hours, we’ve got most of the streets plowed and sanded.”
Turner said that his seven-person crew – with additional help from Glenwood Electric and Water Department personnel – were back at it Wednesday morning trying to make it easier for motorists to get around town.
But with this much snow, that is not an easy job. And Turner had received a few complaints from residents regarding how long it’s taken to remove the snow.
“It takes a lot more time to move this amount of snow [compared to] 4 inches,” Turner said.
Crews were out Wednesday morning going back over all the streets for a second time – widening the lanes and spreading sand to accommodate drivers – and clearing routes to mailboxes for the postal service.
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“[Wednesday] is basically cleanup – to make sure that everyone can get around well, and is able to get from point A to point B,” Turner said.
Drivers will have to deal with the large mounds of snow in the middle of the streets until removal begins Thursday. City crews will begin downtown on Grand Avenue, loading the snow into dump trucks and taking it to the Glenwood Springs rodeo grounds south of the municipal airport, Turner said. Contractors will continue removing snow from the medians overnight. He expects to have Grand Avenue clear by Saturday.
“It will probably take them two nights to get Grand Avenue clear,” he said.
As long as no more snow falls before then, that is. However, Turner said that according to weather reports, the rest of the week is projected to be clear with only a 40 percent chance of snow on Saturday. But the temperatures are expected to be below freezing for the rest of the week.
“As long as there is no more snow falling, we are good,” Turner said.
His crews will be out starting at 3 a.m., working 12-hour shifts, until the snow is cleared. Then the contractors start at 10 p.m. and work through the night clearing snow. He also received some relief from the Electric and Water personnel who have the duty of snow removal from the city’s alleys and back streets.
Turner’s main concern is clearing all the snow before the next major storm arrives.
“I just hope we can get it plowed and out of the way before the next big storm comes,” he said. “If we get another 12 inches, look at the piles there now, then double it.”