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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9 2010 11:07 p.m. MST

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utahprincipal801
Sandy, UT

Kudos to UDOT for the great job they do keeping the roads clear. In my thirty year education career, only one snow day was ever called. My daughter back east continues to send photos of little skiffs of snow causing another day off school. Thanks for all you do to keep the roads clear and open for the rest of us. Now, the public just needs to slow down and drive carefully!

Dektol
Powell, OH

They don't do "battle". They push snow off the roads or load it onto trucks and cart it off. The push it off the roads and block the wheelchair ramps in SLC and then don't clear them. It is a job, not a holy calling, why try to glorify this?

Dutchman
Murray, UT

They do a great job clearing the roads but it is all about cars and roads. To heck with pedestrians, bus stops, and sidewalks. Property owners are fined and penalized for snow on the sidewalks even when they are cleared before the plows arrive and push more snow right back on the cleared sidewalks. I have tried for years to get Murray City to enforce their sidewalk snow removal ordinance to no avail. They have no enforcement and when I have talked to a Murray Police Officer about having to walk to a bus stop in a busy street because the sidewalk is stacked with snow the Officers just shrug and say they have more important things to do. Mayor Snarr, please do something about the snow covered sidewalks in Murray so that we can get to bus stops and school. Snow removal isn't all about the car.

Jazzie
Magna, UT

If it is only a "JOB" they should only have to work 40 hours a week M-F, like the majority of us. Should it snow during the night or on weekends then people would just have to wait, or try and make it through the snow packed roads on their own. People seem to take for granted that the roads just clear themselves. Maybe folks should "Stop" and "Think" once in awhile about the person behind the wheel keeping the snow and ice of the roads, driving for hours on end to keep us all safe. They deserve some recognition and appreciation for what they do for the rest of us. "THANKS" to all of you "UDOT" workers, for the endless hours, sleepless nights, and the work you do on the publics behalf!! Most of us are truly grateful. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

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Dutchman
Murray, UT

Jazzie,

I appreciate the snow removal drivers as much as you do but if you think they do this at regular pay outside of a 40 hour week you don't know much about fair labor laws. Ever hear about over time pay? Salt Lake City pays their plow drivers a "differential" pay for working odd shifts and times. Many drivers volunteer for this duty because it means more money. Again, we need them and the service they provide but they are also fairly compensated for what they do. I just wish that those of us who have elected to use buses and trax as our normal way to get around and do not drop a car off at a park and ride lot have a snow free sidewalk to walk on rather than walking out in a busy street.

Jazzie
Magna, UT

Dutchman,
Apparently you are the one who is misinformed. The article is about UDOT,which are State Roads. Due to the budget restraints and economy. I happen to KNOW that the compensation or overtime is very minimal if any. They rotate shifts so they are at 40 hours weekly. If they are called in at night or on the weekend it is time counted toward their 40 hours not overtime or differential pay. They are sent home when they reach their 40. Believe me they don't volunteer for it. I'm sorry you have to try to get to the bus and such however, this article is about the snow removal on the main roads. The cities have their own snow removal or they sub out to the county. If you think they do it for the money maybe you should look into how much they make, or don't make.

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