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Excessive snowfall creates controversy

On February 21, 2014

 

Zack Goodall

Copy Editor

The snow has fallen relentlessly this year, giving both students and staff barely any time to recover between storms. This is especially true for any member of a snow removal crew. I can imagine the Kirkwood Community College Facilities crew is kept shovel-ready with the near constant snow removal around campus. I'm impressed they manage to maintain the parking lots and sidewalks as much as they do and they have my thanks.

The snow banks left by their plowing are steep and may cause trouble for drivers. But there really is not much facilities can do about it when you look at what they have to remove.

They have to clear several parking lots in a matter of hours with limited plow strength and people to do it. It is even more of a challenge due to the sheer volume of snow that has fallen this year. 

As for dealing with ice, it would seem the crews pass over some areas, neglecting to throw down sand. Even sand fails to be fully effective on fine powder snow, which the college has seen a lot of recently. As powder snow gets driven on, it compacts and becomes icy. 

This means even though the ice might be gone one moment, it could form again later, especially on lower traffic areas. In my opinion the crew does its best, but drivers have to do their part. Drive slowly, brake early, and anticipate the ice.

 

Noah Satern

Staff Writer

 

Overall the snow removal at Kirkwood is good but there are some things that could be a lot better.

First is how all the snow is pushed into piles at the edges of the parking lot. The downside of this is that it can create blind spots for students entering and exiting the parking lots. 

Another problem with the parking lots is after they are plowed there is still a small layer of snow on the ground making it hard to see the parking spaces. This leads to students accidentally parking in multiple spots or accidentally parking in a handicap space. 

The biggest problem that I find with the snow removal at Kirkwood is the ice on the roads. The worst parts are the exits and entrances to Kirkwood Boulevard. If you do not slow down early you can slide into the middle of Kirkwood Boulevard. 

There may not be a perfect spot for the snow piles but there has to be a better one than where they are now. There may be no helping the obscuring of the parking space lines but there should at least be some way of making the handicap spaces more visible. 

The best solution for the icy spots by Kirkwood Boulevard would be to make sure there is plenty of ice melt spread there before students come to campus for the day. In the end, the snow removal at Kirkwood is good but some things just need a little more attention.


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