City officials: Be patient with snow removal

PHILADELPHIA - December 21, 2009

Many of the city's side streets are the locations for a snowy two-step: Plows will get a narrow path cleared, only to have people put the snow back in the street in order to get their cars out.

The problem is compounded a bit, because Philadelphia requires homeowners to clear a 30-inch wide path in front of their homes, and there's not much room for the snow to go anywhere.

About 350 crews with snowplows and front-end loaders are on the job, but it's going to take some time.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says plows have hit 2,300 miles of Philadelphia's 2,500 miles of streets.

One thing that officials want residents to try to do is avoid parking too close to corners. If you park within 20 feet of a street corner, the plows can't make the turn and will avoid the street completely. Also, you run the risk of having your car ticketed and towed if it's too close to the corner.

The city is also asking you to adjust to a revised trash collection schedule. If today is your normal collection day, it'll be picked up tomorrow, collection pushed back by a day all week until Thursday and Friday which are holidays. If those are your normal days, that trash will be collected on Saturday.
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