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The City of Bismarck hopes to have begun the process of plowing every residential road by noon on Tuesday, November 15, as part of its 24-hour response to the blizzard last week that dumped upwards of 24 inches in some areas of town.
Crews completed clearing snow on emergency and major roadways at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Many of these emergency and major roadways required multiple passes by City crews to remain open. Progress has slowed over the past 48 hours as most residential streets are requiring four passes to clean and leave driveways passable, per City ordinance.
“Staff has been doing an incredible job, first with the work that went into preparation for the storm and then working 24 hours a day with snow removal,” said Doug Wiles, with the City of Bismarck. “We really appreciate their dedication and pride in their work during this dynamic storm.”
Wiles has served as the Interim Public Works Director since the retirement of Jeff Heintz in August. The new Public Works Director, Steve Salwei, is beginning in his position today, Monday, November 14.
Currently, all snow removal equipment in the City’s arsenal is being used throughout the seven units that make up the City’s snow response: Eight motor graders, nine loaders and a variety of sanding vehicles. Staff from other City departments are helping in the snow removal efforts to ensure all available vehicles are on the road. Crews will continue with a 24-hour response until residential streets are cleared before transitioning to the snow-hauling phase of operations. Crews will also go back and try to widen emergency routes and major arterials upon completion of clearing residential roads.
Garbage and recycling are expected to be conducted as normal. However, if vehicles cannot travel down roads, collections will happen the following week.
The City continues to receive reports of property owners and residents depositing snow in the street, alley or onto the property of others. Please note this activity is prohibited by City ordinance (10-03-04) and creates a traffic hazard by leaving windrows of piles of snow in travel lanes. Punishment for individuals and organizations is a fine of up to $1,500 and imprisonment of up to 30 days.
The City of Bismarck provides updates online, and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about the City of Bismarck’s snow removal operations, including the City’s snow and ice plan, Adopt-A-Hydrant, City ordinances and various citizen responsibilities, visit us online. To reach City of Bismarck Public Works, call (701) 355-1700.