City Speeds Up Plan To Clear West Duluth Snow Mounds Before Wed. Storm

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city plows will be tackling five-foot snow mounds along businesses on Grand Avenue in West Duluth at 2 a.m. Wednesday ahead of a winter storm that is expected to hit the area later on in the morning Wednesday, according to Phil Jents, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office.

The original plan, according to Jents, was to have crews out at 2 a.m. Thursday, but he said that changed with the updated forecast for another storm Wednesday and possibly this weekend.   And this updated plan comes after the city scheduled three different times to remove snow in West Duluth but got sidelined because of new storms, according to Jents.

“They are bringing in crews from other divisions to assist on this, and unless the snow arrives early, should be able to at least begin their work. Of course, everything they do is dependent on when the snow starts falling, and how heavy it is. If it arrives early, and if it is great enough quantities, they will have to begin plowing our main roads,” Jents said.

It was last week when business owners along Grand Avenue spoke out saying they felt ignored by the city after weeks of snow piles building up between their storefronts and the street.

Concerns ranged from safety to a decline in business.

“Yesterday we had a six dollar day which normally would have been a two hundred dollar day,” said Al Kosters, owner of Spirit Valley Antiques.

City Public Works officials said back-to-back storms have not been helpful in the clean-up process.

City crews have three tiers for removing snow from Duluth streets and five tiers for clearing sidewalks, but the relentless winter storms have made it hard for them to clear the lower priority areas.

“What has been happening this winter for us unfortunately is that after we’re into the second day, sometimes the third day, it snows again not unlike what it’s doing today and we have to start with our first tier again,” said Dale Sellner last week, the city’s parks and grounds maintenance supervisor.

Wednesday’s storm is expected to bring at least 4 to 6 inches of snow to the Twin Ports, according to FOX 21 Meteorologist Brittney Merlot.

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