Buried Cars Block Plows From Clearing City Streets

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As crews rush to fix the Metrodome, plows are still trying to the streets of Minneapolis.

There’s a big difference between suburban streets and roads in the cities. It’s pretty much clear-sailing in places like Maple Grove.

But some streets in Minneapolis haven’t even been plowed yet. Too many cars have been snowed-in, leaving no room for a plow to get down the road.

Monday, it made for a hectic rush hour. Streets have been plowed, but piles of leftover snow in the intersection made for dangerous games of “peek-a-boo.”

Impatient motorists driving into an intersection where there was not enough room for their vehicle to make it completely across didn’t help.

Most of the city’s busiest streets are passable. It’s many of the side streets that are a mess. Columbus Avenue South is one of those streets. It hasn’t seen a plow. Several blocks away, plows gave Bloomington Avenue the once-over.

“The plow was definitely through here because it was out another 3 or 4 feet this morning when I left for work,” said Joe Fricton.

In Minneapolis, 70 plows have to clear a little more than 20 miles of streets each. It’s pretty much the same in Maple Grove.

So why is the suburb able to clear snow so much faster? It doesn’t have nearly as many cars parked on its streets.

“Road looks good now. Looks like they took care of things pretty well after the storm,” said Maple Grove resident Darryl Borhardt.

Back in Minneapolis, cars could not move because of all the snow, causing many streets to not get plowed.

The city took it easy on drivers who were towed during or shortly after the blizzard and did not charge them for the tow. That grace period ended Monday night at 9.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

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  • Mpls Dweller

    Excuse me? My car certainly would have qualified as “buried by snow” by any standard, yet I somehow spent an hour plus digging it out so the plows could do their job. If your car is stuck, work on getting it out, or suffer the consequences. Take some pride.

    • JamieinMN

      Agreed! Dang it, people are so impatient. And they obviously don’t realize how much snow we just received…….

  • Kwai Chang Caine

    Life In the BIG city!, Move to the Burbs!

  • Sam

    Tow them all away . If they are in the streets after a snow emergency has been declared get the tow trucks out there to snag them.

    With this mess they should not have gone easy on anyone. That is entired the Cities fault.

  • Bob

    Never was a problem when the cities plowed the alleys….

  • Steve

    This “news story” is an EXCUSE, not a reason. Note to reporter: report the news, not what the City tells you to print.

    The even sides of the streets in my NE Mpls neighborhood were vehicle-free at 8:00 am Sunday morning. However, the first plow didn’t come by until late Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, cars were getting stuck in the middle of the street all day Sunday at a rate of about 1 car every 15 minutes.

    And then, when people parked legally after 8:00 pm, the plows buried them in the wee hours of Monday morning. Now those cars are buried in compacted snow and ice chunks, and the plows still haven’t come within 2 feet of the curb.

    Where were the Mpls plows? What is the real reason our streets weren’t plowed in a timely manner?

  • T Larson

    When I lived in St. Paul, I and other neighbors would shovel the street in front of our houses when extreme snowfalls occurred. The time that it saved people was far greater than the time it to took to shovel. Sometimes it is better to NOT wait for government to do things for us.

  • Rae

    Funny how WCCO can report on how people aren’t getting thier cars out fast enough, and yet look at thier corner downtown. Still a good 6 inches of snow people are forced to tread through. How about cleaning up your own back yard before talking about others?

  • Cecil Chesser

    “plows are still trying to the streets of Minneapolis” ? Are you required to have at least one mistake in every news item?

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