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UDOT snowplow drivers stay busy despite dry winter

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:33:47-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is on track to have one of its driest winters on record. With less snow on the ground, many UDOT snowplows are focusing on other project, a spokesperson for the agency said.

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Maintenance crews have been focused on fixing potholes, street sweeping, fence repair, homeless camp cleanup, litter pickup, drainage cleanout and more.

“It has given us a chance to keep up with everything we don the maintenance of the roads, clean the drains, street sweeping and keeping up with the potholes and the general maintenance,” Jerry Bennett, UDOT station lead in Salt Lake City, said.

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This will give save crews a lot of time on cleanup efforts in the spring.

Normally, during Utah winters snowplow drivers are working extra shifts. This year, Bennett said was one of the first times he’s been home with his family for the holidays.

“We have been up helping the canyon sheds a few times but that’s been the only time we have plowed any snow this year,” he said.