How DOT crews take care of your roads
Department of Transportation crews have been busy for the past couple of days after our most recent round of snow and freezing rain.
On top of that, They're already looking ahead to the snowfall expected overnight.
So how do crews keep up and prioritize which streets get cleared first? Operator Kelvin McCormick says it counts what priority the road is.
"We are the Department of Transportation and Alaska so the highway is our first priority, said McCormick. "The heavier traffic roads like Minnesota are priority two and streets like Hillside and Eagle River, which are one way lanes, they are priority three."
But when a new winter storm or snow shower hits, their priorities go back to square one, even if they are not done with priority two or three.
During the winter season, a road service crew job is never done.
"It's never out of the room of possibility, you can get a lot of snow supposedly late in the season," said McCormick.
Weather is not the only thing crews have to deal with -- it's also the other drivers on the road.
While on the road, I saw first hand drivers getting frustrated, so they got too close for comfort or tried going around the trucks.
That not only makes the crews take longer, it also can be dangerous.
"Understand that these massive piece of steel series can do serious damage in under the wrong circumstances. I would hate if someone becomes handicapped or dead," said McCormick.
McCormick tells me he has many reasons he does what he does every day.
"It goes back to family," said McCormick. "We are there to make sure that they can get to where they want to be without all the ice and snow on the way."
For more information about the road priorities or snow removal you can go here.