PORTLAND, Ore. - For the first time ever, the city of Portland hired private plows to help get kids to school this week.

It’s a decision the city says paid off.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation hired three private contractors to help plow the school routes at about 20 different schools Thursday morning.

That also included some streets too narrow for city trucks to get through.

Dylan Rivera, a spokesman for PBOT, said crews checked out those routes and the private contractors’ work this morning and found the routes passable.

Parents we spoke with were grateful for the city’s decision.

“That's huge… it makes a big difference… better than last year,” said Bridget Meiners.