Weather aids snow removal

NEW ULM – Tuesday and Wednesday’s warmer weather helped City of New Ulm Street Department crews remove most snow and ice from city streets.

“We got most roads scraped off down to the bare pavement after working on them for two days,” said New Ulm Assistant Street Superintendent Curt Curry. “It’s been an average winter for us with a number of smaller snowfalls.”

City trucks use a an aggregate ice control mix of five parts sand, one part salt to aid traction on ice and hard-packed snow, keep sand from freezing in the stockpile and in trucks and promote intersection melting.

Salt is six times more expensive than sand and does more damage to the environment and vehicles than sand, according to City of New Ulm website, Street Department Snow and Ice Control Facts link. The City uses an average of 2,000 tons if ice control aggregate mix each year.

“It works pretty good above zero degrees. We’re pretty much done with snow removal until the next round,” Curry said. Up to one inch of snow is forecast for late Thursday (tonight).

“My weather channel is telling me it looks pretty clear through the rest of the month,” Curry added. “I’m looking at Jan. 1, 2014 right now. It forecasts 13 degrees and sunny. I hope that holds true.”

The City of New Ulm Street Department website urges motorists to drive carefully as some icy surfaces, that could be caused by wind-driven now, may not be sanded yet.

The website advises motorists not to park on streets until they have been completely cleaned up and equipment has moved away. Don’t try to “break through” a heavy windrow. It makes a mess to clean up and may vehicles. Use alternate routes.

Residents are reminded it is unlawful to deposit snow from driveways and sidewalks onto streets or alleys.

City plowing procedures are to clear priority streets first. East/west streets are done next, except on the hilltop, where all streets are done simultaneously. North/south streets are plowed last.

The day after city-wide plowing, crews remove snow from the downtown business district by loading and hauling it to a snow storage site.

For more information, visit click on city departments, public works, street department, snow and ice control

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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