Public Works Crews Work Overtime to Clear Roads


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Public Works crews in Rockford have been putting in long hours, doing their part to keep the roads clear for drivers.

It hasn't been easy for crews. They've been working non-stop since yesterday. Some say this latest round of snow, combined with what we got at the end of December has put a damper on their holidays, but they're ready to do what it takes to keep the snow off the roads.

Tyler Pearson is a pro at plowing Rockford streets. He's been doing it for the last 13 years. This year, Pearson says getting so much snow in a short period of time has made spending time with his family difficult.

"I came home to a house full of people last night but I didn't get to spend much time with them, I fell asleep," Pearson said.

Pearson let me tag along on his route, which covers the Whitman Street interchange -- a route that has a fair share of obstacles.

"When you get into residentials and cars parked on both sides of the street like that, sometimes you can't get through and have to skip the street completely," he said.

Pearson is one of 48 snow plow drivers for the city. 24 work at one time clearing the snow. They work 12 hours on and get 12 hours off during snow operations, which to Pearson seems to have been closer together this year.

"I'd rather have it dump all at once and then just be able to come out and clear it all out at once then just constanlty back and forth," Pearson said.

Pearson adds he has no problem with the white stuff but he hopes Mother Nature will space out the next few rounds of snow.

"My wife and I had plans but it all changes just gotta deal with it," Pearson said.

Pearson and the other drivers say they get their job done faster if we follow the odd even parking rule. Today is the first so we need to be parked on the odd side of the street tonight. Crews are out ticketing as we speak.

There are 150 private trucks in charge of plowing the residential streets. They did one pass last night and will be sent out again tonight at 6 p.m.


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