Crews work to keep streets in Rio Rancho, westside Albuquerque clear

New Mexico
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Traffic on the west side was slow early Wednesday morning, but as the hours passed it got much better. 

The snowfall kept city employees from working Wednesday, but it didn’t keep everyone home. 

“I just came back to work…rain, snow, bomb threat, it doesn’t matter. I’m always here,” Brent Roybal said. 

Roybal, an employee of Walmart near Cottonwood, says nothing could stop him from getting to work even though some of the roads were a little slippery. 

He says his ride to work Wednesday morning took much longer than usual. 

The city of Albuquerque had 33 trucks spread out across the city, keeping the roadways clear. 

They kept their focus on the high traffic roadways like Unser and Coors, which meant residential areas didn’t see any snow removal. 

Meanwhile, Rio Rancho city officials also had their crews out all night, clearing the main arteries of the city.

Like Albuquerque, most of the mains streets were cleared of ice and snow. Workers’ main priority was to keep high traffic roadways clear, so residential areas were not plowed.

By early Wednesday afternoon, some of that snow had already started to melt, creating small puddles in the streets. 

With the drop in temperatures expected overnight, those streets are expected to freeze over again and cause treacherous conditions. 

While the City of Rio Rancho was on a two-hour delay Wednesday morning, those offices did open at 10 a.m. 

Like Albuquerque, most of the mains streets have been cleared of ice and snow.

The main priority for workers is to keep high traffic roadways clear, which means residential areas will not be plowed.

The city has eight spreader trucks, four plows and multiple crews who will be focusing on intersections.

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