Crews Working Night at Day to Clear the Roads

Posted at: 02/22/2013 6:23 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Friday morning’s snow has crews working around the clock. For the most part many of our streets and sidewalks were cleared just a few hours after it stopped snowing.

But with more than five inches of snow in many areas, it was no easy task.

"We started at two o'clock in the morning," said snow removal worker Tim Puppe.

With this much snow many snow removal companies had to make more than one stop at each location.

"I've done about a dozen businesses myself, there's probably like 65 or so that we do," said Puppe.

To keep Friday morning's commute as safe as possible MnDOT crews were also up all night.

"The crews started at midnight and they'll go until the next crew will come in at noon, and they'll keep that going until the roads are in good condition again," said MnDOT spokesperson Kristin Kammueller.

The light powdery snow created a packed slippery cover over many of the roads. MnDOT will not stop until all of those slick spots are clear.

“Now it’s just treating the roads and making sure that nothing turns to ice,” said Kammuller.

The work is not done for snow removal workers either.

"We've probably put in at least 12-15 hours and we’ll probably put in another 6-8 tonight," said Puppe.

While drivers may not be so happy about the snow.

Clean-up crews can't complain.

"It's about time you know," said Puppe.

According to State Patrol 124 crashes were reported statewide between 5 and 9 a.m. and another 120 spin outs.