Sidewalks Still Snow Covered Nearly 2 Weeks After Snow Fell

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials in Philadelphia say they are actively enforcing the city’s updated shoveling law and have written thousands of tickets to prove it. The law was strengthened this year, requiring property owners to shovel a three-foot-wide path on sidewalks within six hours of the end of a snowstorm. Previously, owners only had to shovel a path 30 inches wide.

Apparently, not everyone heard the news because so far this winter, Streets Department officers have written 3,013 citations for properties violating the law. Those citations cost owners $50 each.

Through all of last winter, for comparison, the city handed out 5,946 shoveling citations.

It’s hard to say how well the law works because Eyewitness News found plenty of unshoveled sidewalks in several city neighborhoods Monday. That’s nearly two weeks since the city last saw a substantial snowfall.

“We were appalled,” said Annalisa Defeo in South Philadelphia. “We took the kids out for a walk today, and there were some streets we could not walk down.”

“Pushing a stroller through is the problem,” echoed Maria McCabe in Center City.

A lot of the unshoveled sidewalks appear to be near vacant homes or homes under construction. Eyewitness News did spot a snow-covered sidewalk near an active parking lot at 19th and Buttonwood Streets, however.

Rashida Barnes has to walk on that sidewalk everyday.

“I just think that it’s horrible,” she said. “It’s been like this for a couple of weeks now. It’s ridiculous.”

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Reported by Ben Simmoneau, CBS 3

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  1. tjinphilly says:

    In the Wash West neighbourhood there are plenty of properties with snow covered sidewalks, and they ARE occupied. As a handicapped individual with two artificial hips and a bad knee, it puts me at grave risk of hurting myself seriously. I think they should get a citation for each DAY it is snot shoveled. Yes, the city is the worst with clearing the snow from it’s facilities, but if they got enough money from the others, they could afford to clear it better.

  2. jim l says:

    The comment was that neither the city nor the fairmount park commission ever clear the sidewalk between lexington park and sandyford rd.along the roosevelt blvd.and it is used by many walkers in the area when it is cleared.I am 70 and recently was in an accident on the blvd and had to walk over ice along that stretch to reach my house.The homeowners who didnt shovel was bad but that stretch was the worst part to walk over.This is a duplicate of the comment that was never listed.

  3. jim l says:

    The comment was that neither the city nor the fairmount park commission ever clear the sidewalk between lexington park and sandyford rd.along the roosevelt blvd.and it is used by many walkers in the area when it is cleared.I am 70 and recently was in an accident on the blvd and had to walk over ice along that stretch to reach my house.The homeowners who didnt shovel was bad but that stretch was the worst part to walk over.

  4. jim l says:

    I see the mary comment but not the jim l i sent the same time or earlier?

  5. Mary says:

    The biggest joke is the money rapist that we put in office. I have to cross two playgrounds in Northeast Philly. One is just a block from the transit hub at Bridge, Frankford and Pratt Sts. What excuse do they have?

  6. Ray says:

    do they fine themselves?….look at playground pavements (city property). they are never shoveled during snowstorms. what a joke

  7. Kim O'Neull says:

    City has some nerve giving tickets given the wonderful job they do with plowing our streets!!

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