Take care when walking in the land of ice and snowIn 15 years of supervising snow removal from city sidewalks, Tom Kasper has never seen it quite like this.
In 15 years of supervising snow removal from city sidewalks, Tom Kasper has never seen it quite like this.
“It’s by far the worst,” said Kasper, the city’s maintenance division supervisor. “There have been times when we’ve had more snow, or rain that froze, but not this much snow intermixed with rain or ice like this.”
The fact that the messy snow and rain mix that fell on Christmas Day was
followed by bone-chilling cold basically “locked” the ice in place, Kasper noted, leaving a couple inches of ice melded to the concrete on many city and private sidewalks.
Kasper and a crew of about 15 city employees have been working since the storm to de-ice city sidewalks as well as clear huge banks of ice and snow left on sidewalks by road graders. Still, it’s not been easy going, and there’s a lot left to do.
“It’s a tough one,” he said, adding that the city has sanded about 60 miles of public and private walkways. “This snow has a very dense consistency, so there’s a lot of mass. In some cases, our best pieces of equipment will only travel a mile in a day.”
For folks who are struggling to make their own sidewalks less like a skating rink, Kasper recommends throwing down some sand or other type of grit from a home improvement store.
And walk slowly.