Crews begin plowing residential streets

2014-02-25T21:39:00Z 2014-02-25T23:45:21Z Crews begin plowing residential streetsBy MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Plowing crews went to work to begin clearing snow off Billings’ wider residential streets at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from David Mumford, the city’s public works director.

Mumford said that 11 city crews will cover as many streets as possible Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Residents are asked to move their vehicles from the street, if possible, to aid in the plowing. Some streets are compacted, so rutting of the roads may still occur.

During the day Tuesday, crews plowed 8th Avenue South, South 31st Street, Santa Fe Drive, St. Johns Avenue, and Maurine Street and Elaine Avenue off Hawthorne Lane near Beartooth Elementary School. The plowing produced a maximum of a 10-inch berm.

The Billings City Council directed staff Monday evening to being plowing residential streets because of record snows and storms predicted for the next 10 days.

During the initial plowing, crews will not be able to clear narrower streets in older parts of the city, but they will evaluate them later.

Wider streets will be plowed once in each direction. Only one lane will be cut on narrower streets.

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