PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter says he understands if residents are disgruntled over the condition of city streets — and he admits he’s far from satisfied with the state of smaller roads in the neighborhoods.
Nutter says there are, in his words, “too many areas” of Philadelphia where the condition of the streets are still quite poor.
“We are still working on it. We are committed to working on it,” he told KYW Newsradio on Monday morning. “I understand the concerns that many citizens have expressed. We’re not done, and we not completely satisfied,” the mayor acknowledged.
And Nutter says that city crews are still out doing their best to melt the layers of hard-packed snow and ice that are making many of the roads so difficult.
This effort comes, he says, even as crews gear up for the next round of wintry weather forecasted for Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Philadelphia streets commissioner Clarena Tolson says crews Monday are salting, plowing, and breaking up ice packs on small streets citywide. Monday night, they will begin a salting operation on Philadelphia’s primary and secondary roads, as well as on smaller streets in higher locations like Manayunk.
Nutter insists that the poor conditions are due to the particular way the storm played out last week. Officials say the arrival of snow, then ice, then snow created a sandwiching effect that left layers of hard-packed snow and ice that is difficult to remove (see previous story).
And he admits the new system about to arrive will only make it tougher.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060.