City officials have tallied the cost of plowing the streets of Philadelphia during the wicked winter — and the price tag is roughly three times that of a normal winter.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority says despite mounds of snow at many curbsides, no one is getting a break this week.
On-street parking in Philadelphia — always in short supply– has been sharply reduced by snow.
Philadelphia’s snow emergency declaration was being lifted at 2pm today.
Philadelphia streets commissioner David Perri says his crews would remain on the job for as long as the storm continues, and beyond.
City councilman Jim Kenney has a long list of concerns about how the Streets Department uses salt during snowstorms. Topping the list is whether road salt poses serious health hazards to dogs or small children.
“We understand that (Streets Department) resources are taxed,” said city councilwoman Cindy Bass, “but there were some areas that really seemed to be not touched at all — some areas in West Mt. Airy, some areas in Chestnut Hill.”
Streets commissioner David Perri says most of the problems caused by the storm are in the city’s northeast and northwest sections.
No snow emergency was declared by the city, and all government operations were kept on schedule, to avoid an early rush hour.
Another winter blast blanketed the region Saturday with a modest covering of snow, but it still caused some problems for area residents.
According to city officials, crews are “lifting” it.
“When moisture gets inside of these older traffic signal boxes and the temperatures drop quickly, they freeze up inside, causing problems with the signals,” streets commissioner David Perri explains.
Mother Nature has packed a whallop for trash collection vehicles in the city, according to Philadelphia streets commissioner David Perri.