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Published March 04, 2013, 05:09 PM

Moorhead tries to cut back and clear the roads in 12 hours

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- After countless snow removal complaints from people living in Moorhead, the city is using a new strategy to clear streets.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- After countless snow removal complaints from people living in Moorhead, the city is using a new strategy to clear streets.

Last storm, it took city plows more than 30 hours to make an initial pass through all neighborhoods and business districts. This time, they're trying to do it in 12.

The complaints have mainly been coming from people living in residential parts of town, who say Moorhead plows aren't getting through their neighborhoods fast enough. So this time, more plows and more people are out trying to cut down that delay.

Michael Redlinger/Moorhead City Manager: "What we have are more hours and available resources. We have more equipment that's available now to us so we are completely confident that the job is going to get done, and done really well."

The plowing problem comes after a 34-hour build up three weeks ago. That's how long it took drivers to get through residential streets. Causing a lot of angry homeowners.

Ian Revie/Moorhead resident: "Last time around, a lot of them we're relatively new at it. Did they do a bad job, no. Did they do an excellent job, no."

Dan Utpadel: "I think they're doing a satisfactory job. I don't really see what all the plaints are about."

So this storm, city employees are trying to cut back from 34 hours to clear streets to 12...

By doubling up driving in tandem.

Redlinger: "It's actually a new feature on our snow emergency routes. We actually have two operators working side by side to try to more efficiently clear that snow."

And the faster they move it off of primary streets. The quicker they can get to residential sections.

Tuesday the city even has plans to bring in contractors for snow removal in cul de sacs... But some say this isn't good enough.

Revie: "I don't know if they're listening to people's concerns. I don't think we need to hire more contractors, etc, I think we need to be fair with the people that we have."

Utpadel: "I think their response is as good as it can be. You have to be realistic. You can't get everywhere, you can't satisfy everybody."

The city hopes to have all residential streets widened within a day after the snow tapers off, and that's when the clock starts ticking on that 12 hour goal.

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