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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 15 2013

Plowing snow: Cleanup ‘in the widening mode’

FARGO – Cleanup from the Sunday-Monday blizzard is entering the home stretch in Fargo-Moorhead.

In Fargo, the primary snow emergency routes have been widened and the turning lanes fixed, said Mark Williams, the public works services manager.

Crews are now working on secondary snow routes and clearing cul-de-sacs and underpasses, he said.

Next week, any residential areas that need work will be tackled, Williams said.

West Fargo public works employees are “in the widening mode” on arterial streets and knocking down snowbanks, department Director Barry Johnson said.

Over the weekend, a couple of large snowblowers will be used in spots around West Fargo.

Next week is when crews will haul snow out of cul-de-sacs and remove snow at intersections to improve driving sightlines, he said.

Moorhead was on its third day of a five-day cycle used to clear streets after major snowfalls, Operations Director Chad Martin said.

He predicted that by Friday night, everything south of Main Avenue would be in good shape.

Monday (President’s Day) is a holiday for most city workers, but Martin said street crews will stay on the job.

“We’re down to a pretty short list of things that are in trouble,” Martin said. “It’s getting better.”

Clearing Fargo’s downtown of snow was a massive effort, Public Works Director Ben Dow said.

GPS tracking shows city crews pulled 255 truckloads of snow out of the downtown Monday, 240 truckloads Tuesday, and another 250 truckloads Wednesday.

That’s about 12,000 cubic yards of snow, Williams said.

Williams said work on Main Avenue on Thursday night into Friday morning added another 160 truckloads of snow to the total.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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