With any snow, one of the biggest issues usually comes on the roads.
It started off as rain last night and transitioned to snow early Friday morning. We are now left cleaning up from the latest of a series of spring snowstorms, making for a busy day for plow drivers on the Rapid City streets.
With any snowstorm, the first priority are the main lines. City plows hit those areas before the sun came up today as the slushy, heavy, and wet snow was falling. A fleet of around thirty trucks along with several mechanics were ready to go. The technique changes depending on the snow, and this one required much more plowing than treatment.
Rapid City Street Division Superintendent Dale Pfeifle says, "Putting salt on 4-5 inches of snow is not very efficient. We try to be as EPA friendly as we can, environmentally so, and quite honestly, it's more cost effective. It does a better job. To put it down and then push off into the shoulders doesn't make any financial sense."
That crew of around thirty members that has been on the road all day gets off 7 o'clock Friday night. There will be another team of seven members working through the overnight to keep the roads clear.