Reporting Susie Jones
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Pulling out of the garage in Arden Hills, WCCO Radio rode along with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spokesperson Kent Barnard Monday as he started his job as a plow driver.
“We generally win, anytime anyone tangles with us, unless it’s a semi,” he said.
The trucks will be out en force when the snow starts again Monday night.
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“The most difficult part [of driving a plow] is the traffic and the unpredictable maneuvers the cars make,” he said.
Barnard says cars will often take chances, trying to get past the plows.
“Other trucks on the road though are very respectful of us, because they know what it’s like to drive a bigger vehicle and maneuver through the traffic,” he said.
This time of year is not so bad, Barnard says, because the temperatures on the surface of the roads are rather warm..
But one scene is never easy: rush hour.
“Rush hour — during a snow storm with ice underneath — that’s nightmare,” he said.
By the time the snow ends, some places could see a foot of new snow.