A Ride Along With a Cambridge Public Works Plow Truck Driver
CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's not as simple as one quick pass with the snowplow to open a road. Throughout Monday evening into Tuesday morning, it took several passes to clear most roads. Although the work may seem tedious, the people behind the steering wheel are passionate about it.
All night long, hundreds of men and women worked feverishly to clear roads and highways. It's hard but important work. They are clearing a path for ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and the occasional driver who may have braved the elements. It's work that Oliver Freeman, also called "CC", loves to do.
"Well it's something I enjoy. I've been pushing snow for a long while, and I enjoy being out here in the snow, working through the night, watching the sun come up. It's very exciting," said CC.
For 15 years, he has worked to keep Cambridge's streets clear in the winter. But it's not just for your average citizen.
"This is like uh, one of the first, main spots that I hit," he said, taking us by the emergency services building, "to make sure the fire trucks can get out."
It's an important job during a snowstorm. With all of the stranded cars and other winter weather mishaps, emergency services need to be able to move around.
One of the struggles faced Tuesday was constant buildup of snow and ice along the windshield. CC frequently had to stop to clear off the windshield wipers, but even that doesn't bother him.
"It doesn't bother me, keeps me going. Part of the job," he said.
He's not the only one moving snow today, many people were out early clearing sidewalks and driveways. CC prefers his truck.
"If I had to shovel snow, that would be a problem," he said, laughing.
For CC, it's good "me" time. just him, the radio, and the open road ahead. And he gets to help his community all at the same time.
CC is just one of the hundreds of local and state plow truck drivers who clocked in long hours Tuesday. Many of these drivers put in well over a twelve hour day to make sure the roads are as safe as they can be.