Official: City aims to finish residential plowing by Friday

Nathaniel Herz

Some Anchorage residents still waiting for their neighborhood streets to be cleared after last weekend's snowstorm may have to wait until Friday morning.

Dan Southard, a superintendent with the Anchorage's public works department, said that because of the holiday on Monday, there were fewer employees available to respond to the storm, and it took them all day to finish plowing the city's larger roads.

The department began plowing residential streets early Tuesday morning, and it typically aims to finish that effort within 72 hours.

Southard said that the plowing was also set back by the storm's unexpected severity -- which was compounded by the fact that it was the first one of the year.

"There's a shakeout period there," he said.

Reach Nathaniel Herz at or 257-4311.