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Frustration rises on St. Paul side streets amid latest snow emergency

Updated: December 31, 2019 10:35 AM

Before St. Paul declared a snow emergency Monday afternoon, public works crews were already trying to address a problem that had been frustrating residents who live on city side streets. Some reported thick ice covering their roads before Monday’s storm. 

“They’re just impassable. People go down their alleys to avoid having to get on the streets,” said longtime resident D.J. Hail, who lives on Highland Parkway. “The last three years have been absolutely the worst. I’ve lived here 42 years. We haven’t had streets like this.”

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Before St. Paul Public Works dispatched as many as 35 plows to clear major roads, the city said it had been using large motor graders to break up ice that had built up on many residential streets. But Public Works spokeswoman Lisa Hiebert acknowledged crews were not able to get to every icy street.

“We’ve got quite a few of them done, and we’ve been hearing from residents that it is making a difference. So just be patient with us,” Hiebert said.

Other drivers said the conditions on Monday were not as bad as they had seen during past storms, but they continued to point out a discrepancy in conditions between the Twin Cities.

“We did just come from Minneapolis, and the streets there were a lot clearer than they were here in St. Paul,” said Lawrence Simmons of St. Paul.

Under the latest snow emergency, St. Paul reminded people to not park on marked “night plow” routes after 9 p.m. Routes identified as “day plow” were to be cleared by 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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