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Published March 20, 2013, 05:58 PM

City of Fargo wants to see fewer cul-de-sacs

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Developers and Homebuyers love them, children play in them, and city snow removal crews loathe them. But changes are on the way.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Developers and Homebuyers love them, children play in them, and city snow removal crews loathe them. But changes are on the way.

The city of Fargo is asking developers to cut back on cul-de-sacs in new housing projects.

It's not just Fargo. Cities across Minnesota are even passing ordinances to limit cul-de-sacs. Homeowners love them. Snow plow operators have words for them we cannot broadcast.

Days after our last snow fall of just a couple of inches, James Gronaas and the rest of the city snow removal crews, are out cleaning up and hauling away snow from south side cul-de-sacs.

James Gronaas, City of Fargo Street Dept.: “Depending on the snow amounts it can take 20 minutes a cul-de-sac or two, three hours.”

Here is the problem, once roads are clear, city crews spend twice as much time removing snow from cul-de-sacs…

Ben Dow, Fargo Public Works: “Two weeks time-frame to haul snow from cul-de-sacs after a two to four inch snow.

As they do on street snow removal.

Dow: “We have 149 cul-de-sacs we plow and haul and costs $83,000-85,000. Equipment, labor and fuel.”

It comes down to solving the inefficiencies of cul-de-sac snow removal.

And so the city is laying down the law, cracking down on new developments that may want to be cul-de-sac crazy.

Dow: “One came in a smaller development not a lot of lots, 80 lots, and he wanted nine cul-de-sacs. That is 550 per snow event to haul that cul-de-sac that you add that up, that adds up quick.”

Unlike some cities in Minnesota, no ordinance is planned against cul-de-sacs, the city will first try working with developers to limit them.

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