St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday announced several changes to the city's snow maintenance operations, headlined by a funding shift to purchase more plow trucks, and a continued increase in the amount of salt and sand dumped on roads.
"In the short term, a more aggressive salting and sanding operation should help alleviate some of the issues on our roads, especially when the temperatures start to rise," Coleman said.
3 CHANGES TO SNOW REMOVAL
Mayor Coleman said changes in the public works department include:
- A continued increase in the use of salt and sand per square mile to help address current road conditions -- a change made Sunday morning.
- A reprioritization within the public works budget that will direct just over $2 million to accelerate the purchase of several additional salter/sander/plow trucks.
- A reorganization of snow maintenance leadership within the public works department.
Two years ago, the mayor approved a $6 million plan to replace the aging fleet of vehicles. The changes announced Monday directs the public works department to reprioritize an existing $1 million and make an early use of the $1.2 million planned for 2014.
REPORT SNOW PROBLEMS
The city of Saint Paul operates a 24-hour street maintenance hotline at 651-266-9700. You can also report snow maintenance problems by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org