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Continued: Twin Cities plows get into snow shape

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 24, 2013 - 8:24 PM

One variable no one can predict: the behavior of other drivers. That can be the biggest hazard of all. “Don’t crowd the plow,” is the public-information mantra, but Barnard and Swartz say aggressive drivers still imperil lives by cutting off plows.

As for the weather this winter, Barnard said the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold, snowy winter, but, he added, “Who knows? Pull a quarter out of your pocket — heads we’re going to get more snow, tails we won’t, and if it lands on its side, we’ll get none.”

 

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747

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  • At the Hennepin County public works facility in Median, journeyman mechanic Scott Woodbridge installed the fasteners for the sand dispenser at the back of the snowplow truck. It is one of 74 trucks that the county must spend four hours each on to get ready for plowing before checking all the electronics on board.

  • The Hennepin County trucks that become snowplows are used in summer road construction, making the preparation process a balancing act. Crew used to start the changeover in September, but after the 1991 Halloween blizzard, the start time was moved up to mid-August.

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