DENVER - Snow plow drivers started their shifts on Saturday at 5 a.m. Drivers worked fast to clear roadways to make sure they were as safe as possible. The plow drivers for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) work twelve hour shifts and say they will be working around the clock until the snow system is gone and the roads are safe.
Throughout much of Saturday morning, drivers say CDOT cleared a lot of slush and focused on major interstates and bridges.
"We have to clear the highway from shoulder to shoulder and go as far as we can and then come back around and pull the rest of it off. We'll just keep clearing it as it builds up to make sure it's all clear for the people to drive on," Martin Thompson, a CDOT plow driver said.
Thompson says one of the things that makes his job difficult is looking out for other drivers who, at times, get in the way.
"You'll watch some of these cars [and] they don't slow down much. They just go their normal speed. It's tough for us. People will pass the convoy and they'll get along side of me while I'm plowing. So you have to be careful and watch out for other drivers," Thompson said.
CDOT says they have 75 plows working the Denver-metro area and a total of 260 plows throughout the Front Range. Crews expect many roads to ice over throughout the night as temperatures drop. They will be dropping deicer to try and break things up so Sunday morning's commute isn't a dangerous one for drivers who have to be on the road.
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