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Street Department Prepares For Winter Weather

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It’s pretty evident the days are getting cooler and cooler, and that can only mean that Old Man Winter is on his way!

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day in South Dakota, and people all over the Sioux Empire are preparing, including the Sioux Falls Street Department.

It’s been a little over a month now since Sioux Falls had its first freeze, and for many other places in our region; it’s been well over a month.

But long before then, the Sioux Falls Street Department was hard at work preparing their equipment and gathering the supplies necessary to keep the city’s streets safe once they turn into ice.  

“Well, we started out preparing this spring. The fleet went through and we purchased some new trucks and they build them for us so they’ve been building some three new sanders for us,” says Galynn Huber.

But thanks to one of the mildest winters in South Dakota’s history, you might even say they’ve been preparing since last fall.

This past winter, the street department didn’t have to use nearly as much salt or chemicals on the streets as they typically do.

“The stuff that we did use last year, I’m filling that up right now. But the liquid, we’re full right now, so we didn’t have to purchase a lot of material,” says Huber.  

But one thing we do have more of this year are snow gates! Remember the gates that are attached to snow plows that will block snow from piling up in your driveways as the plows drive by?

Well, we won't be seeing these in all Sioux Falls neighborhoods this year, but the city has announced that there will be a few more throughout the city this winter.

“Last year, we had three test areas because we had three gates. This year, we’re going to have six. With the larger number of snow gates, we should be able to collect a larger amount of information,” says Huber.

With or without the snow gates, the Sioux Falls Street Department has one main goal: Clean up the city streets as quickly as possible so they’re not a burden to the traveling public.

The street department asks that when snow plows do head out into the neighborhoods, that you give them some room so that they can get in and off the streets as quickly as possible.
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