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Published January 30, 2013, 06:08 PM

Growing Fargo area causing delays in snow plowing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you think the street outside your home is taking a little longer to clear after a big storm, you're not alone.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you think the street outside your home is taking a little longer to clear after a big storm, you're not alone.

Hundreds of miles of new roadways in Fargo and West Fargo have popped up the last few years and they're tacking on time for city plow drivers.

It's a common sight after the big storm hits. Snow piling up, while plows come through in full force. Tackling now nearly 1,900 miles of roadways that stretch across Fargo.

Ben Dow, Fargo Public Works Director: "Our city has grown by leaps and bounds. We've seen a lot of lane miles added to our plowing."

In the last five years alone, Fargo's growth has tacked on more than 200 miles of new pavement.

Dow: "What we could do in six hours before with 12 trucks, now takes 8 hours with 16 trucks."

Homes and businesses now cover the ever expanding Osgood area off 45th street, with new developments surrounding Davies close behind.

Dow: "A lot of expansion in our neighborhoods and that slows us down because can only plow so fast."

In West Fargo, not only do they have residential areas popping up, but they also have completely new or much wider roads, like Main Avenue or Veterans Boulevard.

Barry Johnson, West Fargo Public Works Director: "City commissioners have been adding staff and adding equipment as needed.”

Targeting not only primary roads, but brand new neighborhoods south of the interstate growing quickly.

Together, those bring 20 new miles of roadways since 2007, now bringing the city's total to roughly 300.

Back in 2000, that number was less than half, sitting at 140.

Johnson: "It's adding a little more time, but we're still staying on top of it.”

So if you see snow covered streets add up, know the time it takes to clear them, is adding up even faster.

Johnson: "Be patient, we'll get there."

Both cities try to have streets clear within 8 hours but Fargo public works says with a 5-inch snowfall like we saw Monday, it might take as long as 24-hours to plow everything.

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