Helping neighbors, working smarter and cooperating in a way that is mutually beneficial were the simple – yet lofty – goals of a collaborative effort between the Plymouth and Minnetonka street divisions. The outcome of the collaboration shaved nearly two weeks of work from milling the pavement on 36,000 feet of Plymouth’s city streets.
Street Lead Person Torrey Keith and Street Supervisor Gary Smith followed up on discussions with Minnetonka to pair up that city’s new state-of-the-art pavement milling equipment with Plymouth’s drivers and large dump trucks. A project that would have taken up to two weeks was finished in just two days.
In exchange, Plymouth is dedicating five dump trucks and drivers to help out on an upcoming project in Minnetonka. “This is a test of what could be a win/win situation for both cities,” said Smith.
The new Minnetonka equipment makes short work of a project that would take much longer with Plymouth’s small-scale machine. The trucks and staff from Plymouth’s Street Division make it possible to keep up with the fast pace of Minnetonka’s machine. The whole division turned out to drive trucks, water down the dust and direct traffic to get the job done and make this first “test” a success.