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Snow Plows Continue to Work Around the Clock

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Plows continue to work around the clock to clear off roads in Bismarck.

According to Jeff Heintz, with the public works department, there are currently around 14 plows working across sections in town.

Although emergency routes were cleared first, now the focus is residential areas and side streets.

Tuesday morning, Heintz says around 50 percent of roads were cleared.  By late Tuesday night, they should have gone through every street and at least got the center lines open.

Something that has left piles of snow in front of driveways, is not using "snow gates".

Heintz says more than 17 inches of heavy, wet snow is just too much for the snow gates.

"Usually every snowstorm we've had, they've done an awesome job, but then we had the snow gates too, so makes a lot of difference." says Darlene Hager/South Bismarck.

"People have to remember if the gate isn't working, we can't use it, and then number two, we still have people wanting their streets opened up, so if we are to go back and open up every driveway, it may take us a week to get through the town." says Jeff Heintz--Public Works Dept., Director of Service Operations.

"They can only do so much, Exactly, I noticed when they went by here, they were actually spinning, and this is big equipment. So, point being it's heavy snow it's hard to work with, so everybody just has to do the best they can." says Joe Wangler and Duane Portscheller/South Bismarck neighbors.

Heintz says it's been difficult to find qualified candidates to fill some open operator positions.

The only thing he can think of that they would have done differently in an event of record snowfall, is to set up contracts with heavy equipment operators to come to their aid.

Mandan public works says they hope to complete residential streets by around one o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

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