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Streets Department Releases Snow Plan, Advises Caution

Be careful on the roads Friday night.

As you may have noticed, it's been cold out this last week. So cold, in fact, that we're expecting to get some snow tonight.

In advance of that, the city's Streets Department has issued the following release to motorists. You can read it in its entirety below to get a sense of what the city has been doing and will do if and when snow comes, but here's the gist: go slow on the road, please help clear the sidewalks and be careful of one another.

From the Streets Department:

Commissioner Clarena Tolson urges all motorists and pedestrians to use caution on Philadelphia’s streets during today’s snowfall which is expected to start late afternoon and continue into the evening with an accumulation of one to three inches. 

The Streets Department started brining roadways Thursday afternoon and resumed brining this morning.  Crews will mobilize equipment citywide as snow begins to fall, and will monitor for snow and icy conditions throughout the evening, concentrating on primary roads, bridges and areas of high elevation where slippery spots develop.  

Citizens are also reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks to allow safe traveling for pedestrians so they do not have to walk in the street. A cleared sidewalk provides a safe path for pedestrians and prevents them from having to walk in the street. A path of at least 36” wide on sidewalks is required within 6 hours of the end of a storm.  For owners of properties located on the corner, the path must include curb cuts and not simply a path around the corner of the property.
 
Motorists should allow extra time and maintain safe driving distances.  With a combination of snow residuals and freezing temperatures, motorists must be alert for slippery road conditions.  Motorists should also be mindful of pedestrians crossing streets.
 
Citizens are urged to employ the following tips for successful snow and ice management:

  • Apply commercial de-icer to your stairs and sidewalks early to prevent icy conditions.
  • Park your car as far from the corner as possible. Cars parked too close to the corner impede the turning radius of salting vehicles.
  • Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights; State law requires removal of snow and ice from the hood and roof of vehicles.
  • Check on sick and elderly neighbors.
  • Stay tuned to local media for further updates for weather and traffic reports.
Alawishes J. Kornberg January 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM
A very commendable job by the City giving good advice to the taxpayers however the City could help also by having a truck deposit some salt and brine on Green Lane. The Green Lane hill is like a sliding board.
Alawishes J. Kornberg January 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Green Lane is a good road for motorists to avoid right now. I hope the City will send a salt truck to the area. Vehicles are sliding all over. A very dangerous road to take right now. Avoid Green Lane the City did not send any salt trucks there and vehicles are sliding and getting stuck. It may be bde a good idea if the City takes their own advice and sends a truck with brine to Green Lane.
J. January 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I hope the City also helps and salts Green Lane. The gave plenty of advice but I hope the City can afford to spring for a couple bags of brine for Green Lane.
Alawishes J. Kornberg January 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Good photo of Green Lane Sam: The City has to salt Green Lane. " Commissioner Clarena Tolson urges all motorists and pedestrians to use caution on Philadelphia’s streets during today’s snowfall which is expected to start late afternoon and continue into the evening with an accumulation of one to three inches" Great advice no question about it but the City has a responsibility also to send the salt and brine trucks in this area where the photo was taken on Green lane.
J. January 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM
"The Streets Department started brining roadways Thursday afternoon and resumed brining this morning. Crews will mobilize equipment citywide as snow begins to fall, and will monitor for snow and icy conditions throughout the evening, concentrating on primary roads, bridges and areas of high elevation where slippery spots develop" Green Lane the street where the photo was taken needs some brine.

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