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By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer 

City tackles snow removal

Crews began ‘windrowing’ Thanksgiving morning after first major storm


December 1, 2015

WORLAND — With Worland receiving its first major winter storm of the year, city crews also faced their first test in getting the streets clear.

According to Worland Superintendent of Public Works Brian Burky, the city is successfully removing snow and ice buildup from last week’s storm. Burky added that there is always room for improvement.

Snow began falling in the Worland area Wednesday and continued through the weekend, leaving several inches on the ground.

Burky said intensive cleanup efforts began 5 a.m. Thanksgiving with crews windrowing snow on major streets (Big Horn Avenue and North 10th St.) Crews were working Monday to remove the windrowed snow and hauling it off the streets.

Feedback from Worland residents regarding snow removal has been mostly positive, Burky said, adding that the city has received a few negative comments.

Crews have worked to place sand at intersections throughout town so vehicles do not slide through. Worland city crews are also monitoring intersections and crosswalks near schools.

Most intersections throughout Worland have had sand placed on them, Burky said.

The city recently purchased a dump truck, which is still in Cheyenne, to help with removal. Burky said the city currently operates four dump trucks with a capacity of five cubic yards, plus an additional truck with a capacity of 10 cubic yards. The city-purchased dump truck will have a capacity of 10 cubic yards. Burky said that should make the process more efficient.

Also helpful, Burky said, was the recent purchase of an Artic Shark; that is, a device that breaks up ice, making it easier for crews to load it and haul it away.

Burky said the device has been used successfully in Jackson.

When shoveling snow, citizens should also be cognizant of where they shovel it. Burky advised against residents shoveling snow from their sidewalks onto streets.

“There’s a lot of four-wheelers with snowplows on them. So, they’ll take the snow with those and get it out in the road, perhaps thinking there’s something we can do with it, and in a lot of instances there’s not,” Burky said.

Residents should push snow from their sidewalks into their yard, and businesses with parking lots should pile snow in an area away from sidewalks.

“Just for the person driving to the post office or grocery store: It just turns it into a pretty bumpy ride,” Burky added.

According to Burky, the city’s policy on snow removal is to begin plowing streets once four inches of snow has fallen. However, Burky added, if three inches have fallen on the city and the weather doesn’t seem to be letting up, city crews will initiate snow removal operations.


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