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By Sigrid Olson

Snowplowing the Blackfoot


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Inside view from MDT snowplow truck "682" as driver Pete Servel plows the shoulder around the Blackfoot River. The mirrors near the front of the hood help the drivers watch their wing plows and traffic.

Winter plowing the Blackfoot is in full swing for the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) snowplow drivers. The Missoula section includes 17 total sections including Montana Highway 200 to Greenough (Blackfoot) and Seeley Lake.

The Missoula section has seven snowplow trucks with one or two trucks covering the Blackfoot. That stretch of road is from Bonner to Greenough Hill. The Seeley section has five snowplow trucks.

Snowplow drivers need to have their commercial drivers license, complete 40 hours of in-house training and then on-the-job training. The drivers are responsible for m...

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