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When weather outside is frightful, somebody's got to clean up

Published: Saturday, Dec. 27 2008 12:58 a.m. MST

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CP

I'm very grateful to those workers who plow the streets where I live. They make it alot safer for me when I have to go and venture out in the cold frigid air. But, at least those streets are plowed. Two Thumbs up from me to those city snow plowers!

Snowplows

I want a snowplow like that one!

Anonymous

Sorry for being a jerk, but are we not paying these guys enough or what? Look outside--the roads are a pure sheet of ice! I think the snowplows went through the neighborhood once on Friday morning and and haven't seen them -anywhere- since. All of the main roads through Davis and Weber counties are snowpacked ice, minus the tiny splotches where the roads were salted, here and there. This morning I had to run an errand and everyone was slipping and getting stuck on the sides of the road. I was traveling from Kaysville to Layton last night and just barely missed a huge accident--the result of the backup of another huge accident. The freeway had to be closed. What is going on? Why is the cleanup so awful on this storm? Do we need to pay the snowplow people more money or what?

DR Don

Dear Anonymous: Have you, by chance, noticed that the economy has been less than ideal for the last few months? Are you aware that streets are plowed by government employees and those governments are experiencing reduced income due to the sluggish economy? Is it your preference that government spend money they don't have to provide services? Are you volunteering to pay increased taxes in order to get the streets plowed to your satisfaction?

It is not a matter of paying snowplow drivers more money, it is a matter of paying them the *same* money as we have in the more affluent past.

snowed in

i agree with anonymous. it seems like no one is worried about plowing the streets lately. i have seen about 2 snowplows out during these huge storms, and i have been looking because the streets in downtown salt lake and on I-15 were ice sheets. i know its a recession, but maybe they should budget in a few more snow plows. we live in a snowy city.

re: Dr Don

It is just like or government to forget the little gut. You talk of spending money we don't have. well we've been in the negative for years but each time the big guy needs something he gets a 700 bilion dollar bail out. When I need to get to work hours after a storm (the return trip was worse) the roads are slick dangerous and ugly. your right money's tight. But why does it get more and more dangerous for me and less and less dangerous for them?

Priorities

Let's see...the state can find $30+ million to re-introduce the June Sucker to Utah waters, but the can't budget for snow removal so our roads are safe? I would say they've got their priorities out of whack.

CP

To Anonymous: I just know that where I live the roads were nicely plowed. I live in Salt Lake County and also in the city where I live, the city thinks it's a high priority that the streets are plowed so the ones who do the plowing get paid and so our streets get plowed. So why don't you talk to your county mayor and your city mayor if you want your snow plowers get paid. But, if your county and city gov. don't think it's worth the price and if the people where you live don't want to see a raise in taxes to make sure your streets are plowed I say you have no right to complain, you can't get something for nothing.

Anonymous

I found this story to be ironic since I-15, I-215, and all the downtown streets were a complete mess last night. It was obvious that the plows had not been there. Come to think of it, I didn't see a plow or drive on a plowed street at all yesterday.

Changes

My friend works for UDOT and is frustrated with the changes the "higher-ups" have made. The reason the roads are a mess is because they are not allowed to work the long hours they have always worked. UDOT is more worried about having to pay overtime to their snow plow drivers. With the economy being so bad, OT is a thing of the past. These snow plow drivers get paid crap as it is and for years have relied on getting their overtime from these big storms. While we are all indoors spending time with friends and family on Christmas/New Years the snow plow drivers are out working hard to keep the roads safe. That is, until the boss makes them all go home. My friend is so frustrated when he is sent home when the roads need help! When their time is up...the crew is sent home!

wow

I don't see why the cities can't afford to clean our roads. Where is all of their money going to?
Everyone is using the economy to their advantages. Maybe, I won't be able to afford my taxes because I have to pay for my car to get fixed after trying to drive on ice all day. Were is the responsibility. The city has the money they just don't want to cut down on all of there "extra" stuff to keep us safe.

Lola

Thank you Woods Cross for clean roads!

Snow plow driver

Though you may not see a snowplow driving past at any specific time, they may be either ahead or behind you. We focus our attention first on clearing the major routes, such as the Interstates 15, the Legacy Parkway, and the U.S. highways. After these routes are cleared, the state routes are plowed according to the level of traffic each route sees. Typically, we begin plowing based on rates of snowfall per hour, minimum accumulations (2-inches in many cases), the temperature, equipment availability, etc. But when we get 14-18 inches of snow, followed by a drop in temperatures to near or below zero, plus traffic driving on top of it, the ice and snow form a bond with the road thats really difficult to remove. We worked around the clock from Christmas Day though Saturday night the 27th, making sure the roads were as clean as we could get them. I apologize if our efforts didnt meet your expectations. Its easy to criticize until you take a turn behind the wheel of a snowplow. I do not believe there is a better prepared snow fighting team than the one we have at UDOT.

Driven Elswhere

In other states such as Wyoming they plow to pack. There are no clear roads. Utah roads are better than any of the surrounding states. Thanks to all those guys who worked Christmas.

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