Streak of snowstorms taking toll on DOT snowplow drivers

Published: Feb. 9, 2018 at 5:10 PM CST
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Iowa DOT snowplows were hard at work again today.

KCRG tagged along on one of their Interstate 80 routes between Coralville and West Branch. The plows were pushing snow off the highway all morning. The supervisor at the Coralville DOT station said they have plowed almost every day for the last week. He said it's starting to take a toll on the drivers and it's a challenge to keep them rested and stay stocked up on salt and other resources.

"When it gets to be going two, three days in a row or five, six, it gets a little tough and there's some crankiness that goes on too here at times. We prepare every day like we're going to get a lot of snow. We just always got to be on the ball around here," said Tim Zeimet, the highway maintenance supervisor at the DOT station in Coralville.

Crews in the Iowa City area will be getting ready for more snow tonight and tomorrow morning. Thursday's snow storm that moved through eastern Iowa last night has been dumping sow on Chicago today. Forecasters had predicted as much as 14 inches, but so far totals are about half that much. It's still affecting travel, though, with airlines at O'Hare International Airport either delaying or cancelling nearly 14 hundred flights. Chicago could see several more inches of snow coming down this weekend.