Ridealong with a Snow Plow
Ridealong with a Snow PlowPhoto: Video by nbc26.com
GREEN BAY, WI--As the snow winds down, now the challenge of cleaning-up is underway. Road crews have been working around the clock, trying to keep-up with the storm.
Plow drivers say it is tough snow to clear because it's heavy and wet and roads were already icy from yesterday's rain. We rode along with one Green Bay plow driver, and even for him, driving has been a challenge.
"'m going to turn this corner...And watch where my truck goes --I have the wheel turned as far as it goes," said Green Bay plow driver Bob Thomas.
Thomas has been working since the snow started falling, a 16 hour shift. He and about 40 other plows, doing their best to tackle this storm. In Green Bay there's a total of 500 miles to clear.
Road conditions throughout the city vary, because some roads are plowed more often than others and the busiest streets are a priority. Also, the city can only salt the main roads, not the residential roads.
"Those areas don't get salt treatment, they don't have a bare pavement policy because financially, economically and environmentally it is not a smart move, but we do our best to keep them as safe as possible" said Green Bay's superintendent of Public Works, Tony Fietzer.
People clearing their own driveways, hoping for better roads tomorrow.
'They've been by here pretty often so I think they've been trying to get the roads clear for everyone, but when you have to drive in it, it is nasty," said Green Bay resident Peter Smith.
For Thomas, there's a long night ahead.
"The temperatures are dropping, so you have to get it off of there" said Thomas.
The city wants to remind anyone clearing your driveway or sidewalk, to keep the snow on your property, not push it into the streets.