Photo: Snow removal equipment on the fritz

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zrinka Dzinich walks her granddaughters, Willow and Sayja Bradley, home from Mendenhall River Community School on Wednesday along Riverside Drive. The sidewalks were covered in snow, forcing them to walk in the street. At one point Tuesday, seven of 12 key pieces of equipment the city uses for snow removal had broken down and caused service delays, Superintendent of Streets Mike Scott said."It's Murphy's law. When you have a foot of snow, that's going to happen," Scott said. Besides trucks and plows, the city has six graders, three snow blower attachments and three front-end loaders it used for snow removal. Wednesday afternoon, Scott said repairs had been completed on all the equipment except a front-end loader and a snow blower. He said the loader's repairs would be complete within a day or two and that repairs to the third snow blower, usually reserved as a back-up, wouldn't be done until after winter. "We're all back together again, essentially," Scott said.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

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