Snow Plow Operators Prepare For Storm
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–Cities and towns are getting their plows ready to tackle the upcoming weekend storm.
Ken Backlund is making sure his city plow ready when the call comes to hit the streets.
He’s been doing this for 20 years.
Backlund’s plowed snow in all kinds of storms.
And he’s seen just about everything on the roads,”The biggest challenge is a lot of people on the roads, they don’t have the patience to be behind a truck so they tend to try and go around you, and that makes it dangerous because you never know what the truck is going to do,” says Backlund.
Besides the drivers cutting him off and trying to pass him, Backlund says another dangerous scenario is when people are shoveling snow at the end of their driveways as the plows go by.
Backlund says give yourself some space,”Because sometimes the plows will hit a patch of ice in the road and it will jerk the truck from one side to the other,” says Backlund.
Backlund says another challenge is when people don’t obey the parking bans and those big plows have to get up and down narrow streets.
Those city plows are big, targets sometimes for kids throwing snowballs,”I got hit in the side of the face with a snowball once,” says Backlund.
No harm though as Backlund kept plowing.
Condition wise, light, fluffy snow is the best case scenario, drivers dread the other end of the spectrum,”freezing rain is the worst , there’s no traction on the ice,” says Backlund.
Springfield has 20 big plow trucks. In addition they hire over 165 private contractors who plow the streets with their pickup trucks.