Dubuque's snow-dumping site filling up fast after latest snowfall

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -- Crews in Dubuque are working around the clock to clear snow that's piled up on the sides of streets and in parking lots, but it's a job that will take the remainder of the week to complete.

City of Dubuque employees remove snow on Main St. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)

The city's top priority is to clear streets from 17th to 1st and then between Bluff and White, according to public works supervisor Paul Davis.

A three-man crew worked between 5th and 9th on Main Street on Monday. Tom Kramer, City of Dubuque urban forester, worked on removing the snow from the sidewalks and parking lanes and gathering it all into a pile. From there, he would pick up the snow and dump it into the back of a truck.

He said it's not hard work, but it does take a while to clear things out.

"There's crews all over but I mean with this amount of snow you know it's a two-, three-day process hauling this out of here," Davis said.

He would also like to ask for drivers' patience when he is doing this work.

"It probably takes a minute to a minute and a half to fill a truck at the most so if everybody could just be patient and not try to sneak in behind us and between the skid steer and the truck that would really help a lot," Kramer said.

Employees who are driving the snow-filled trucks will go back and forth between the streets and a dumping site located on Terminal St., underneath the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

The site is filling up quickly as there is a constant stream of trucks.

Davis said, "when this area gets out to the street, we can't dump no more in there and push it up, then it's full."

When it gets full, the city will start a new site at the Miller Riverview Park, behind the Q Casino.

However, Davis said that's not ideal.

"(It's) a little longer haul, and when you're running eight, nine trucks, you know you add five minutes or a couple minutes on each truck, it adds up throughout the night," he said.

Kramer said he and his crew hope winter will slow down a bit.

He said, "right before it snowed we were saying what a great winter this has been, you know if we could sneak a couple more weeks in we've got it made. Well, we didn't get them two weeks in and now we're getting it all."