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MDT keeps busy with street plowing work

Published On: Dec 03 2013 07:24:17 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 03 2013 10:19:46 PM MST
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Monday night's storm created dangerous driving conditions across the state and there were a lot of roads that needed maintenance. Montana Department of Transportation discussed just how many roads they cover daily in Kalispell.

"In our division here, we got 3,092 plow miles in the Kalispell division. So there's quite a few miles to try to get plowed off," said maintenance chief Gary Engman.

That's a lot of miles between 55 trucks, which makes for a long day. The driver of one truck said that they average 200 miles a day after a big storm. 

The drivers have to prep the trucks the night before to make sure they can drive the distance the next day.

"They're washed and greased and clean for the next day...and make sure that the cutting edges, the part that touches the road, make sure they are in good shape," said John Jones, one of the Kalispell truck drivers.

Making sure the trucks are up to snuff is just half the battle. Much of their work is going back over the roads to chip away at the ice.

All of the drivers are out there to accomplish one goal. "That's our main goal, is to make sure everybody gets to go where they need to go," said Jones.

Jones and Engman told NBC Montana that the roads are in much better condition compared to Monday, and the trucks will remain on the roads chipping away at the ice until it's gone.