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Street crews explain why snow and slush still covers some streets

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - You can still see snow across eastern Iowa.

While you can see the pavement on the busier streets, that may not be the case in front of your house. Even some streets with regular traffic still have slush.

"I wear my boots every day and tromp through it as best as I can," said Tara Upchurch, who lives in Cedar Rapids. 

So -- why aren't all streets as clear? When it comes to the downtown area, the City of Cedar Rapids tries to clear the streets at night when there's less people around. And that means that during the day, when there's people driving around, slush and snow can build up.

In front of your house, it's because salt isn't as effective. The traffic on the busier streets warms up the pavement, making salt work better.

"To keep going out to a residential area to apply salt, there's a cost associated with that," said Mike Duffy, Street Operations Superintendent.

Scraping every street clear to the pavement puts wear and tear on equipment, which also costs money. Plus, the city often has to plow around cars that haven't moved.

"If the road is safe and passable and people can make it where they need to go, that's really our primary focus," said Duffy.

Some believe the crews are doing their jobs well.

"We do a lot of traveling around town and really have no problem at all," said Dewane Hughes, who lives in Cedar Rapids.




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