DOT takes on first winter storm

BISMARCK, N.D. - Snowfall and ice hampered the morning commute for many.

Snow started falling early Thursday morning in the Bismarck-Mandan area, picking up in intensity around that 6-7 a.m. hour and creating hazardous road conditions for the morning commute.

Department of Transportation plow drivers hit the road before the sun rose, hoping to keep a handle of the snow.

“Most of the district started at like 4:30 or 5 this morning, so you know I think we kind of beat the storm for the most part within a reasonable amount of time,” DOT Bismarck District Maintenance Coordinator Dean Schloss said.

About 60 plow drivers around the district took to the roads, including 20 in the Bismarck area, loading up sand and salt and chipping away at the built up ice

“You know the first snow stuck and got a little slippery but we battled it pretty quick and got it back to a good drivable condition,” Schloss said.

Schloss says most of the construction cones were also taken down on I-94 in preparation for the storm.

“The construction tried to take down as much as they could just for the public good and for ease of the operation of removing the snow,” Schloss said.

If you do see those plow drivers out on the road make sure you give them enough space to continue their operations.