Twin Cities snow plowing would be fine except for cars, temps ...

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Minneapolis, St. Paul share similar challenges in clearing streets.

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ificantucantDec. 12, 1310:57 PM

Off street parking comes to mind. Build homes / apartments / businesses / any building and including no off street parking or very limited off street parking and you get streets lined with vehicles. Fix that problem and streets can be plowed curb to curb.

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mustang07Dec. 12, 1311:27 PM

@ificantucant--what about the 95% of the cities that are already built? Tear them all down and rebuild?

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mustang07Dec. 12, 1311:29 PM

Reality check: Minneapolis has more high-traffic roads, wider and straighter streets, and a longer period to clean the streets.

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Oglethorpe2Dec. 13, 1312:09 AM

MNDOT must have had their budget cut. They are no longer able to effectively remove snow from the roads. The public cost of sitting in traffic has become ridiculous in this town.

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rogerbDec. 13, 13 1:24 AM

Oglethorpe I agree with your second point but I believe there is adequate budget, unfortunately inadequate management.

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markc1Dec. 13, 13 6:05 AM

All those cars clogging the streets because no one can park in their garages with people using them as a storage unit for all their STUFF.

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stormn11Dec. 13, 13 6:30 AM

Future thought: perhaps in some residential areas as old homes and other buildings are torn down, there could be an open lot (gasp!) left that would serve as an off street parking area during declared snow removal times? I know many details would have to be worked out but.....future thought.

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chasgoodniteDec. 13, 13 6:38 AM

Thousands of tons of Chloride on our roadways? Magnesium or Calcioum? Does not matter - Chloride is chloride and it has no where to go but our lakes, creeks and rivers. But, you can't buy a little Phosphate in your fertilizer?

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calicocamDec. 13, 13 6:40 AM

I live in St. Paul and drive Snelling Avenue to Roseville every day. You don't need a map to tell you where St. Paul ends and the suburbs begin. We all get that chemicals don't work in extreme cold, but what we don't get is why Snelling Avenue in the Midway was ice-rutted and slick for days after that 4 inch storm, yet Snelling in Falcon Heights and Roseville was ice-free and dry. Maybe St. Paul should buy the type of brining solution used in Roseville.

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rej4slDec. 13, 13 6:43 AM

Even the suburbs have had problems after the last storm. We normally get good streets. But it has taken these warmer temperatures to make them o.k. Sunday was awful. But yesterday we were down to pavement on the main roads but not the side streets.

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