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As snow removal wraps up, City shifts focus to drainage and road damage

A vehicle drives over a pothole in Cheyenne Thursday afternoon.
A vehicle drives over a pothole in Cheyenne Thursday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The City of Cheyenne has been hard at work every day since the winter storm swept through the region. As the snow removal campaign is wrapping up, Public Works Director, Vicki Nemecek, spoke about how her department is doing.

“Surprisingly well considering the enormity of the event. We have basically just let go of all of our contractors so we’re now just collecting the invoices to see what the cost was.”

Public Works is now shifting its focus to the after effects of the storm, including drainage and road damage around Cheyenne. Nemecek said they began addressing potholes around the city on Thursday.

“Spring is always the most significant number of potholes and that’s because of water. Water is the most damaging thing that happens to our road system. In spring you get not only the most water but you also get the freeze thaw, so the combination of that creates a pothole.”

Nemecek also said the last couple weeks have been a challenge, but she’s proud of how her team stepped up.

“It’s important that everybody know that this is a great team and we work hard for the citizens of Cheyenne.”

She also mentioned that the Sanitation Department is collecting 50 to 60 tons more a day than it usually does, and asked residents to be patient as they get caught up.

For more information on the City’s Public Works Department, you can head to its website here.

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