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Published January 06, 2011, 08:36 AM

Fargo Road Crews Putting in Long Hours, Working 24/7

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)-Fargo city workers are working around the clock, the first time this winter, to plow streets, widen roads, and haul away all that snow from the back to back blizzards. It's a job most of us would never want, complete with 12 hour shifts.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)-Fargo city workers are working around the clock, the first time this winter, to plow streets, widen roads, and haul away all that snow from the back to back blizzards.

It's a job most of us would never want, complete with 12 hour shifts.

Dealing with more cold and snow, James Gronass is one of only 66 workers in Fargo trying to keep up with what seems never ending.

“When we aren't plowing, we're hauling snow,” said Gronass.

With only 600 miles of roadway clear after the double weather whammy, crews aren't even half done. Around the clock work will continue through next week.

Devon Heupel has been plowing streets for 11 years. This winter seems like the past three for him, with a lot of overtime.

The crews start their day in the dark and end it in the dark. Wednesday night, the focus was on widening roads. A plow scoops snow, a blower then dumps it, and just two minutes later it's hauled away.

The city has spent $95,000 already on salaries. That's just from last Thursday through Monday.

The street department will try to give workers one day off this weekend, of course that all depends on the weather.

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