Drivers Complain About Saint Paul's Icy Streets

Updated: 12/07/2013 8:12 AM
Created: 12/06/2013 8:13 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Mark Abboud slowly pulls away from the curb. With his two kids in the car, all he wants to do is get home safely.

"Around here they're a little bit tough there's obviously a lot of ice as we get up to fourway stops and intersections like that," he said.

It's been two days since a snow emergency was issued in Saint Paul.

Trucks hit the streets soon after the notice. Public works stop plowing Thursday. Drivers say they haven't done enough.

"They're bad, the worst I've seen all around town. I've been out to Maple Grove, just terrible," Tim McAllester said.

I spoke with the city of Saint Paul's Public Works. They gave me a rundown on what they've been doing to clear the streets. First, they have trucks laying down salt and sand. They total about 300 tons per shift. They're using a product called Clearlane  Enhanced Deicer. This product is supposed work better in frigid conditions. Intersections, hills and schools are the drivers focus points.

Abboud says, that's good to hear but he hopes they don't forget the busy roads.

"And then Grand Avenue, Lexington some of the other ones I travel a lot are pretty rutty, pretty icy and driving is pretty slow," he said 

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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  • Feels like: 35° F
  • Wind: SE 13mph
  • Humidity: 55%
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