SNOW PREPS: City Crews Prepare For Storm
Road crews have been preparing for this storm for days, and like most storms, this one has some unique features.
However, crews say it’s the timing that has crews most concerned.
“It will be messy during tomorrows rush hour in the evening, and so people need to take caution because we`re going to be receiving snow at about an inch an hour right through that rush hour,” says Public Works Director Pay Kozitza
To help make the roads safer, public works crews have been spreading a de-icing agent on the roads.
Public works crews say because the road surface temperature is a lot colder, the snow won’t bond to the ground like it did during the December blizzard.
Once the snow begins to fall, crews will start putting out a salt mix.
When the snow is an inch thick, plows will start shoveling the cities 225 miles of snow routes.
After those are clear, the plows will move into the residential areas.
During this storm, police will also be enforcing the city’s snow ordinance parking ban.
That means unless you live in one of the five odd/even high density neighborhoods you must remove your vehicle from the roads.
“We ask that you move your car and get it off the road, get it in a driveway, a parking lot, somewhere else, allow our plows to get through and they can clear the street quicker and we can get on with business with usual safer,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Dept.
The areas that allow odd/even parking include the neighborhoods of Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend, and Sherman Hill.
In those neighborhoods drivers need to park on the side of the street that coordinates with the day of the week.
So since Thursday is the 21st, drivers need to park on the odd side of the street.
If you break the parking ban, a ticket will run you $35.00 and the city can also impound your vehicle.
Des Moines Public Works says they have spent about two-thirds of their snow removal budget or approximately $2 million of the $3.2 million budget.
Urbandale says they have spent a little less than half of their $350,000 budget and West Des Moines still has $200,000 left in their budget.
None of the crews we spoke to around the metro were worried about running out of money this season.