New Snow Plows Being Put to Good Use

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore


With six inches of snow dumped on the Stateline, that's the most at one time this season, Rockford's new snow plows are being put to the test.

City driver Rick Jackson is one of 26 plow drivers. He says the new trucks make clearing the roads easier. He says now lowering the blade is as easy as the flip of a switch.

Despite getting half a foot of snow in 10 hours Street Superintendent Mark Stockman says clearing the streets was relatively easy.

"We like these types of storms because they drop a bunch of snow in a short period of time and it doesn't take us very long to get the main streets back into really good driving shape."

City drivers work 12 hour shifts, focusing just on the main roads. While many were clear by early afternoon, not everyone was happy with road conditions.

"Look at the west state street we can't even get around."

"The streets are pretty clear, they're pretty good, they've salted them all."

The city says they have enough manpower to clear the main roads, but storms take time and everything will be cleared as quickly as possible.

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