NEW ULM - New Ulm Street Commissioner Tom Patterson said Monday that snow removal efforts are going well for the most part.
"Most people who park in streets move [their vehicles] after we plow so we can move snow piles around them away," Patterson said.
"There are still some vehicles parked on streets around town. It's somewhat of a nuisance, but we understand not everyone can park in a garage," he added.
Patterson said his office has been contacted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) regarding removing snow on Broadway boulevards.
"They did it last year after we had that 15 1/2-inch snowfall around Christmas. It's kind a replay of that," Patterson said.
The state highway department brings in motor graders, big blowers and trucks to haul snow away.
Patterson said M R Paving & Excavating of New Ulm allows MnDOT to dump snow at one of its sites when they bring heavy equipment in to clear boulevards.
"It's quite an operation," he said. "They start at 3 or 4 in the morning. Everybody needs to be careful since they take up a lot of road."
Patterson said a week-long break from snowfall is needed for the operation to take place.
"Maybe next week. It looks like there is more snow coming in later this week," he added.
Patterson said New Ulm's snow removal situation is less severe than the Twin Cities metro area where parking is banned on one side of the street in certain areas until April 1, 2011.
"Man, what a mess that is up there. No place to park, and all those people want to go to the (TCF Bank) stadium (for Monday night's Vikings game)," he said.
Patterson advised local motorists to drive carefully because there is ice under the snow on New Ulm streets.
"We've got lots of slippery spots in town. It's been so cold, the salt we put down didn't work much after the sand was driven away," he said.
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