GREEN BAY - By 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, plows and graders were resting in the city garage. Public works supervisors say it's well deserved after a busy day on Green Bay streets.
"Between snow storms, DPW isn't just sitting still," said Chris Pirlot, the operations director for the city's public works department. "What we're doing is cleaning up from the last snowstorm and preparing for the potential next snowstorm and that's exactly what we're doing."
Chris Pirlot says it usually takes three to five days to clean up the city following a snow storm.
"Throughout the winter it varies greatly," said Pirlot.
Even when there is a break between snowfalls, workers are still on the streets clearing sidewalks, storm sewer inlets, and finding any missed spots.
"Burning a lot of diesel fuel to keep our roads in decent shape and doing our best," said Pirlot.
At this point of winter, there isn't much room on crowded downtown streets to put any new snow. It means city workers will have to make room by bringing out special equipment for the first time this season.
"We like to do it when we do get the time and it's starting to add up and we just would like to get this with this upcoming snow that is coming," said Tim Gates, a public works supervisor.
Blowers will be taken downtown overnight on Wednesday to help transfer snow to city's west side waste site.
"Basically in the downtown area where you have roadway, curb, sidewalk, building," said Pirlot. "There's really no where to store the snow anymore."
And even if snow storms weren't frequent, like last winter, city workers are still busy maintaining equipment and facilities.
"You always have a job jar list," said Pirlot. "That's never empty."
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