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  • Snow removal equipment feeling strain in Blue Springs

  • With only a day or two off in the last week, Blue Springs road crews are plowing ahead to get streets cleared for residents.

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  • With only a day or two off in the last week, Blue Springs road crews are plowing ahead to get streets cleared for residents.
    “The roads are slushy,” said Kim Nakahodo, communications manager for the city of Blue Springs. “This snow has a very high moisture content. We are pushing it as much as possible, but it is very moist.”
    Nakahodo said road crews are working around the clock to push snow as far off the streets as they can. Most streets have received at least one pass. But with this being the second major winter storm in a week, snow removal has been a challenge.
    “Our crews are trying to push it back as far as it will go,” she said. “But it's not going to be as close to the curbs as we would like because there is snow already there.”
    In addition, city crews are being slowed by equipment problems. Nakahodo said typically there is a lull between storms, allowing for preventative maintenance on the plows. However, with about four days between the two storms, crews have had to do a lot of maintenance work in the field.
    “The equipment is starting to feel the strain,” she said. “Our maintenance department is getting the machines back in services as quickly as they can, but they have had to fix a lot of things on the fly. One of our routes, especially, we have had some equipment problems, so we have pulled trucks from another section of town to help.”
    The city again hired private contractors to help clear more than 590 cul-de-sacs in the city. Nakahodo said those contractors are now done. Crews then refocused their efforts along some of the main corridors such as Main Street overnight. This allowed them to maximize efforts without pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
    “We appreciate everyone’s patience,” Nakahodo said. “This has been a very heavy and wet snowfall. We have had to make several passes to clear everything off.”
     

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