Reality Check: Last Winter's Snow Removal Cost Minnesota $136MTwo words we learned last year that we hope we don't hear again anytime soon: Polar Vortex. Last winter set new records for Minnesota cold, and now we've learned it also set a new record for how much money was spent on snow and ice removal.
St. Paul To Plow Streets During WarmupThe City of St. Paul says it will be taking opportunity of the expected warmup to do a thorough plowing job on all residential streets. The city will be plowing from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 16.
Mpls. Road Crews Scramble To Get Snow Plows ReadyThe Minneapolis Public Works staff is in overtime mode converting all of its trucks into snow plows throughout Sunday night and Monday. Minneapolis' Fleet Services Director John Scharffbillig says crews were using trucks to sweep streets Friday. Now, all 60 trucks need to be equipped by Monday night to handle the snow.
Road Conditions Lead To Shake Up At St. Paul Public WorksOne of the Twin Cities is getting new snow plows and new leadership after last week's snowstorm. Five days since the snow started falling, streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still caked in slippery ice. Extremely cold temperatures haven’t helped. Salt can melt five times as much ice at 30 degrees as at 20 degrees. However, when it's colder than that, it's pretty much useless. But St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn't waiting for a warm-up. He's making changes in his public works department.
Busy Day For Snow Plow DriversEric Edgett has been plowing driveways and parking lots since midnight. With snow continuing to fall, it's likely to be hours before he gets a chance to rest.
Good Question: How Do Schools Decide To Delay Or Close?We are in the age of the two-hour snow delay. Almost every time it snows, there's a long list of school with a late start time. Rarely do we see districts canceling classes.
MnDOT Plows Ready For Round 2 Of SnowPulling out of the garage in Arden Hills, WCCO Radio rode along with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spokesperson Kent Barnard as he started his job as a driver.
Snow Emergencies? 'Yes' For St. Paul, 'No' For Mpls.The City of Minneapolis will not declare a snow emergency Friday, but will send out plows to clear streets and alleys. St. Paul has declared a snow emergency effective 9 p.m. Friday night.
St. Paul Asks Residents To Move Cars For More PlowingThe Saint Paul Public Works is asking for residents to voluntarily move their cars this weekend to help snow plows continue to clear residential streets.
Good Question: How Do Cities Decide Which Roads Get Plowed First? With 900 miles of streets, it takes a good three days for about 70 Minneapolis plows to get the city curb-to-curb clean.
654 Crashes Statewide Since Friday Due To SnowThe Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to drive with extreme caution as they hit the roads for the Monday morning commute.
The Technology MnDOT Uses To Keep Roadways SafeThe Minnesota Department of Transportation manages 800 snowplows and 150 truck station across the state. While that's a lot of equipment to keep track of, MnDOT has a strategy for combating 11,000 miles of highways.