LOGAN — They may not see the type of rush hour traffic that many people along the Wasatch Front are used to, but plow drivers at the Utah Department of Transportation’s Logan Summit station said there are still a lot of people who depend on them to keep the roads there clear.
“There’s a lot of people over in Garden City that rely on us to go over to Logan to work and a lot of people that want to come up here and go skiing and snowmobiling,” said transportation tech Kamryn Enns.
Enns and his coworkers at the summit station were anticipating as many as 12 inches of snow Thursday overnight into Friday.
They spent days leading up to the storm preparing for winter weather this weekend.
“Make sure our blades are new and ready, and then make sure our trucks are fueled up and everything works,” Enns said. “We rely on the trucks to get down the canyon and back, so we want to make sure that they’re ready to go for us.”
While many drivers may dread the winter conditions in the canyon, Enns said he looks forward to keeping the roads clear during those times.
“Oh, I love it,” Enns said. “It’s a sense of achievement when you can look behind you and the road’s clear, and there’s people relying on you.”
The Logan Summit station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are two techs, like Enns, that staff the area at a time in 14-hour shifts.
“It is a pretty dangerous canyon,” Enns said. “Down in the lower part, we’ve got the river, that gets pretty slick and icy, if we don’t keep up with them, and then this side over here, it’s steep (with) lots of snow.”