Road Crews & Residents Work for Hours to Clear Roads and Sidewalks

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter


By Jill Kasparie

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Road crews had their hands full Sunday after the biggest snow storm of the season.

Across the city, everyone had their own way of dealing with the snow. David Bonner spent much of his day on his four wheeler clearing sidewalks and driveways in his neighborhood - just to help out. He doesn’t accept pay as he travels the blocks in his neighborhood to clear everybody a path.

“It’s around Christmas time and you’ve got to do something nice for somebody,” Bonner said.

He wasn't the only one hard at work. Snow plow drivers were constantly filling up with supplies.

"We started the major plow and clearing the arterial roads at 7:00 this morning,” said Cedar Rapids Public Works Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson.

For some, however, the plows weren't making the rounds fast enough.

"When you go to go home and you can't get up the hill, you are not very happy,” said Nancy Anderson.

Anderson said she couldn't get to her home, so Sunday afternoon she drove to Public Works to find someone to fix the problem.

"I tried to get up there probably five times or more and it just goes so far and then just sits and spins because there's ice and stuff underneath the snow,” Anderson said.

Hanson said about 80 crew members were making the rounds Sunday, but weekend storms can be tough. Department leaders have to call in workers.

"Every single person here right now, other than the one person who is salary, is on overtime,” Hanson said. “So we are running up - it's a pure overtime bill right now.”

He added that the city typically budgets for two major weekends storms a year.

As for every storm, the public works crew said sometimes people just have to be patient.

“They are coming. It’s just a matter of time,” Hanson said.

Crews said even though the bulk of the snow has been cleared, the road conditions could get dicey Sunday night. The winds and cold temperatures could lead to slippery roads.

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