With incoming snow, the Rapid City Street Division will stay busy overnight into Friday.
Street Division Superintendent Dale Pfeifle says seven employees will be working through the overnight hours, with an additional 23 starting at 3 a.m. Each crew member has an assigned route that has already been determined. They plan to target all the city roads, with top priority being placed on the most traveled and roads on school routes. They use several types of material to treat the roads, and when it comes to how much to apply, it depends on the past, current, and expected future weather conditions.
Rapid City Street Division Superintendent Dale Pfeifle says, "To put more material on the street if it's not needed is just a waste of material. We want to make it as efficient as possible, but as safe as possible. So it's kind of a balancing act, and we'd rather err on the side of getting people home safely and to use a little more material than to have them not. That's why we keep guys here just in case we do have issues that arise."