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Dec 3, 2013 6:12 PM by Jason Laird - Q2 News

The process of snow removal

BILLINGS - Over the years, a similar question tends to arise among Billings residents: What is the process of snow removal?

The plows might be out, but which streets get the treatment?

City plow drivers are required to clear main drives and some secondary streets, depending on the amount of traffic, said Bill Kemp, the director of the city street traffic department.

Residential streets are rarely plowed because of the cost, Kemp said. The city spends at least $170,000 a year on de-icer, he said.

If travel conditions became extremely hazardous, city crews will make exceptions and clear residential streets.

Following the storm, city street crews remain on the job and begin the next step of snow removal. Crews will work overnight and pull snow into the medians of the streets, making a wind rows. From there, the snow is loaded into dump trucks and hauled to a vacant area at the Billings airport.

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