Street Clearing A Big Task in Minneapolis

By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Digging out from the weekend snowstorm is taking longer than usual. In Minneapolis, it’s day three of the snow emergency, which bans parking on the odd side of residential streets until 8 p.m. Monday.

City Streets Supervisor Mike Kennedy said that ban will be enforced even though the even sides of many side streets have not been cleared yet.

“We need to enforce the parking restrictions, otherwise we can’t get in and do anything,” said Kennedy.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports

The city expected to have 65 plows clearing the streets today, with drivers working in 12-hour shifts.

“Hopefully by working together and with some patience we can dig our way out of this, but it’s going to take awhile. This one’s extraordinary,” said Kennedy.

The City of St. Paul also declared a snow emergency. There is no parking on day plow routes until they’re plowed from curb to curb.

St. Paul public works spokeswoman Shannon Tyree says city snow plow drivers fell behind on their efforts to clear the streets. Tyree says they’re running out of places to put the snow.

Classes were canceled in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public School Districts on Monday because of all the snow that remains on city streets.

The 17 inches recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport makes it the fifth biggest snowfall on record for the Twin Cities. Airport runways are open and crews are busy melting mountains of snow.

Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says they have 42 snow melters, which look like big trash bins. Hogan says the equipment can melt 40 tons of snow per hour. The melted snow is sent down the storm drain.

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  1. Jon Lindquist says:

    maybe minneapolis should do a second snow emergency since even some of the main streets have yet to be done from curb to curb, which makes it hard for traffic to get through once people start parking on those streets.

    1. colson says:

      I agree, how can there be that many cars sitting in the middle of the roads still!!! I saw 3 with notes on them, REALLY????? GET EM OUTTA the way, it’s ridiculous to have traffic go around em!!

  2. Joey says:

    …..This is what people should expect after a snow storm like that.

  3. Bob says:

    I have tried for years to get a straight answer: How do we KNOW when the other side of the street is done?
    The website says Curb-to-Curb. They’ve plowed. but the snow is still 2-3 feet out from the curb. If I park there there is no place for cars to pass.

    Answer me! If it’s 2 feet out….is it done? Mpls will enforce it anways? THen answer my question.

    1. MarkoT says:

      I have to ask this — why do you live in the city if you have this stuff to deal with?
      To many people and 10x it – then 10x the cars. You have small lots, not many garages it seems and I don’t know what one is to to other then move

  4. HJS says:

    I’m starting to wonder where our tax dollars are going…especially in St. Paul…

  5. Maria L says:

    obviously ya have no clue as to the incedible cost to move and clear all the snow or you wouldn’t wonder where it goes.
    What I’d like to know if why so many folks, knowing that an emergency has been delared still DO NOTHING ?
    People just dies when they can’t get firetrucks to a scene – maybe they need to start banning autos. lol
    sad

  6. warren says:

    The Seward neighborhood has been entirely mishandled. No alleys plowed by Day 3. Plows have only half plowed the streets, leaving no room for parking on the even side, and intersections blocked with snow piles. Attempts to obey Day 3 rules result in blocking traffic.

    Supervisor Kennedy’s decision is foolish. He should simply extend Day 2 rules until the plows can catch up. And suspend ticketing and towing until they have. Taxpayers can understand the City getting behind. They can’t understand being punished by blind adherence to rules the City itself is violating.

    A third grader could have figured this out.

    1. wcco_administrator says:

      well said Warren!

  7. Sarah says:

    WE NEED A SECOND SNOW EMERGENCY IN MINNEAPOLIS PLEASE!!!!! THE CITY SCREWED UP LAST YEAR IE CHRISTMAS STORM – LETS NOT DO IT AGAIN THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON – PLEASE!!!!!

  8. dan langva says:

    What to do with the snow? Hello!!!, Have you noticed the river!!!!

  9. colson says:

    bring it to the airport, they have several snow melter there!

    AGREE 100% warren

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