Monday, February 8, 2016

City plows 99 percent of residential streets

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:46 PM

click to enlarge Mesa Grande Drive a week after the storm. This picture doesn't do justice to the rocky ride over this street that shows no signs of having been plowed. - TONY CUNNINGHAM
  • Tony Cunningham
  • Mesa Grande Drive a week after the storm. This picture doesn't do justice to the rocky ride over this street that shows no signs of having been plowed.

I never thought I'd be considered part of the 1 percent, but I am now. The 1 percent who didn't get their residential streets plowed, that is.

According to the city communications office, city snow plows were out in force through the weekend, plowing 99 percent of the city's residential roads.

My street, in the Vista Grande neighborhood, however, didn't get such treatment, or if it did, it was a waste of time. There remain huge dips and gullies that make it a real risk to drive a regular car over the bumps.

In any event, here's the statement from streets manager Corey Farkas, via the communications office:
City crews have been plowing residential streets since last Wednesday. They were pulled from that effort to plow primary and secondary routes when it snowed again Thursday. They returned to residential streets Friday afternoon through Saturday night, and are back at it again today. Crews have made at least one pass on over 99% of the City’s residential streets. The challenge, and why residents are saying that they haven’t seen any work done, is the deep snow pack on the roads. The plows can only take off the top layer of slushy, fluffy snow – leaving behind the harder, packed snow. It will take two to three passes to clear all of the snow. City crews remain out in all districts around the city continuing to work on clearing residential roads.

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