Snow removal becoming a Valley pastime

Crews in Youngstown, Ohio are working to keep up with the constant snow.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Residents and roads crews have been out all day making sure that roads and sidewalks are clear for people traveling. But cleaning up all that snow comes with a few road bumps.

Plowing roads for road workers has not been an easy task this winter. Thomas Sakmar with the Youngstown Street Department said the steady snow makes it hard to make any headway.

“We plow them and just re-plow them again,” Sakmar said.

There are 12 trucks out working on the roads, with the priority being the heavily traveled areas such as I-680, Route 711 and the Madison Avenue Expressway,

“We work with ODOT on them and then after that we work the main roads in town,” Sakmar said.

Sakmar urges all drivers to watch out for plow trucks and slow down when approaching them. Sometimes the plows work as a team and it is important that drivers do not get between them.

While the roads were being treated, many residents were out earlier during the day treating sidewalks and their driveways.

Joe Kuzma of Boardman wanted to get his snow cleared before it got dark.

“It takes about 45 minutes to get it done before dark. I don’t want to do it and then have to come back out and do it a second or third time,” Kuzma said.

Road crews will be out all night Saturday and into Sunday clearing roads.

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