City of Bismarck Public Works Able to Keep Up Plowing Roads, Despite Being Understaffed

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Bismarck Public Works has been hard at work for over 36 hours now, continuously plowing the roads.

The plows began at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

They always start with the emergency routes, like State Street or Bismarck Expressway, so ambulances and other emergency personnel can get from one end of town to the other.

Since the snow has stopped, they are on to residential streets now.

This crew is only made up of 14 employees, which the Roads and Streets Department Superintendent Keith Glass says, is not enough to keep up.

The City of Bismarck Roads and Streets Superintendent adds, “With the growth of the city the last few years, no. We ain’t got enough employees to keep up with our growth, but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got.”

Glass says he’s had the same two positions open for three years, but the department doesn’t have the budget to fill them. 

Meanwhile he asks that the people move their cars into their drive ways. He says it really costs the department a good bit of extra time and money to have to go back and redo portions of a street, once the cars finally move.

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