Some Phila. streets still covered with snow

January 29, 2011 8:42:21 PM PST
With more snow on the way, many people in the Philadelphia area are wondering - why are their streets still clogged with snow and ice?

The problem is not necessarily on the main roads, but the side streets. Many of them have a hard pack of ice that will be difficult to remove.

City officials told Action News that hundreds of workers with 265 pieces of equipment spent most of Saturday trying to remove as much of it as they can.

"City workers are doing the best they can but I just came from sister's and my parents in Deptford and both of their roads are [plowed] and they didn't have any problems," said Chris Hill of Northeast Philadelphia.

By Friday the Streets Department reported plowing 99% of the roadways...but driver Tony Lukosius isn't buying it.

"The streets commissioner says 99% of streets are plowed. I don't know what 99% she's equating to, because everyone in South Philly thinks that's a joke," said Lukosius

Tasker Street near Front in South Philadelphia was certainly passable. The snow was walled up on either side narrowing the path for drivers. However, a thick layer still covered Federal Street near 4th and the road's ruts kept speeds down.

It was a similar scene on Fairmount's side streets - a thick and inconsistent layer leaving drivers worried for their cars.

"I just bought this car and now I've got to be subject to all of this bumpiness. I should have brought my truck out," said Rashaun Goodwin of West Philadelphia.

Salt trucks will be out through the night and plows will be back out on Sunday morning.


Online: Philadelphia Streets Department