NEOSHO, MO.--- Neosho is doing a little cleanup from the recent winter storms. When winter weather is on the way, city crews put a salt and limestone gravel mix on ice-covered roads to keep vehicles and residents from slipping. Now that the storms are over, it's time to cleanup.
"I just about fall when I get out of my car, but otherwise it's okay," said Brian Peterson, Local Resident.
During winter storms, the Neosho Public Works Department works hard to keep residents safe. Crews usually put a salt and limestone gravel mix on the ice-covered roads.
"The chips are mixed with the salt to give traction, allow us to go a little further for the snow and ice removal," said Mike Hightower, Neosho Public Works Director.
This also keeps residents from slipping on the ice when walking on streets. Now that the wintry weather has melted, the gravel leftover is having an opposite effect, causing people to slip on dry walkways and roads.
"Well, it's a good thing they used it, but now it's a good thing they are getting it picked up, too. That's way it's out of people's ways. You don't slip on it," said Peterson.
Much of the ice has been gone for weeks, but recent cold temperatures have prevented trucks from getting the gravel picked up.
"We have to wait until after it gets warm enough to where we can get the sweeper truck out. The truck has water spray on it to keep the dust down and it can't be used much below freezing," said Hightower.
Trucks are sweeping city roads to get rid of several tons of limestone.
"What stays on the streets we try to pick up, but we will try to blow off some of the sidewalks around the square, around the round-a-bout," said Hightower.
Many residents say they're excited the sweep truck is finally cleaning up.
"There it's been a great big mess and they are trying to pick it up there. It's half an inch thick on the sidewalks and people can't walk on it. So it's a good thing to get it picked up," said Peterson.
City staff say the cleanup should be complete within the next few weeks. This was the most gravel mix Neosho Public Works has used in over 10 years.
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