SALT LAKE CITY
(ABC 4 News) – The city of Salt Lake
is asking residents to be patient as crews are working around the clock to get residential streets cleared of snow.
Helen Collins drives a bus for Guadalupe School. It takes her about an hour and a half to do her morning rounds, but on days where the streets are covered in unplowed snow it takes her a little longer.
Collins, “The main streets are fine, but the side roads they are bad, they’re horrible.”
Collins isn’t the only one finding it hard to get around the residential streets in Salt Lake. Jennifer Rooker is a U.S. Postal worker. She’s worked in the Glendale neighborhood for the last three years.
“This is the first year I’ve had this much snow,” said Rooker.
Much like Collins, all the unplowed snow is making it difficult for Rooker to do her job. “It slows me down quite a bit,” said Rooker. “We have certain times we need to meet and it’s slowing me way down.”
The City of Salt Lake warned residents Sunday night that their streets might not get plowed till later Monday afternoon. All 45 city plows were out, working through the night, but they still couldn’t keep up.
Salt Lake City’s Director of Public Services Rick Graham said, “Now what we have is heavier than normal storms and when that happens we have to adapt and hope the public will understand and be supportive and patient.
It’s the city’s goal to have snow removal done 36 hours after a storm, but those residents and workers we spoke with say sometimes it feels much longer.
Rooker said, “They hit here last it seems like. Once everything else is taken care of they might come down here.”
Graham agrees. He says the city’s snow plowing priority first goes to main streets and arterial roads, then those that lead to hospitals, schools and government building, then it’s residential streets. With another storm headed our way, he once again asked residents to be patient and leave themselves plenty of time to get to work Tuesday morning.