St. Louis Streets Director: Be Patient, Chemicals Will Work

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It will be another 12 hour workday for St. Louis city road crews. They plan on widening main throughways so rush-hours can get back to normal, but many residents have taken to twitter to complaint about the residential streets.

Todd Waelterman, Director of the St. Louis Streets Department told the media Monday that crews would begin spreading a salt-sand mixture on all side streets in an attempt to clear those areas usually neglected. But after a day those neighborhood streets look the same or worst.

At a news briefing Wednesday morning, Waelterman told those complaining to be patient. “As soon as that sun comes up you’re going to see that wet pavement,” he said.

And for those complaining they can’t see the chemicals, Waelterman said “very few people can”.

Why can’t they just plow city streets? Waelterman had a good reason for that too.

“If we plow we’d be plowing them in and we don’t want to bury these cars,” he said.

One option not tried so far is prohibiting street parking during the winter months, but Waelterman said, he believes that’s not justifiable because, “this only happens once every couple of decades.”

Roads designated as snow routes are plowed, and cars parked in those area are advised to move so they don’t get blocked in. See a map of the snow routes here.


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