FARGO — Snowplow drivers and private contractors are hoping for a much-deserved night of rest after days of hauling snow left by last weekend's storm.
While most of us are sleeping, plow crews are out working and hope we'll notice. From 7 p.m. Monday night until the wee hours of Tuesday morning, city and private crews transformed the heart of downtown into a business district again after snow brought it to a standstill.
The sheer number of trips haulers made with snow overnight is staggering, explains Fargo Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson. In downtown, workers manning 25 trucks hauled 381 truckloads of snow from the north-south running streets alone — all in the cover of darkness.
On Monday, a lot of people avoided downtown completely — or climbed over 2-foot snow piles to get to a store. Business were grateful for the dramatic change on Tuesday morning.
"I was happy, it was so nice," said Tabitha Moerke, general manager at Third Drop Coffee. "We have some elderly (customers) and they are here at 6 a.m. and we had to shovel a path to their car (Monday) so they could get here."
City workers and contractors have finished clearing Broadway and the streets in downtown Fargo and were set to focus on the east-west running avenues overnight Tuesday.