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Streets Department Prepared for Next Round of Winter Weather

PHILADELPHIA – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the Streets Department stands ready to tackle the next round of winter weather conditions and advises citizens of its plans in preparation for tomorrow’s inclement weather. Current forecasts predict a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain on Wednesday, February 19th. Forecast predicted is 3 to 5 inches of accumulations. 

In preparation, the Streets Department brined on Tuesday. It will have 270 pieces of equipment available to treat the streets with over 35,000 tons of salt available. This is planned to be a salting and plowing operation of primary and secondary roads, bridge decks and streets in areas of high air elevations. Salting of roads will not begin until the snow arrives. Crews will remain on-duty overnight to monitor roadways and respond to problem locations and emergencies.

The wintry mix is expected to impact Wednesday’s evening commute. Motorists are asked to allow extra time and maintain safe driving distances to allow for sudden stopping. The cold ground will make it easy for wintry mix to accumulate and cause slippery travel. Sleet and rain can cause other hazardous conditions such as down trees and wires impacting traffic conditions.

Residents are reminded trash and recycling collections are on a holiday schedule. Residents should set out materials at their normal location one day behind regular schedule for pick up. Sanitation crews will be working throughout the snow event; however, delays are expected as trucks navigate through the inclement weather.

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams urges citizens to follow these simple tips for a successful snow and ice management partnership: 

Have shovels and de-icing supplies ready.
Salt steps and sidewalks early to prevent sticking.
Prepare a pathway at least 3 feet wide within six hours of the end of the storm.
Pile snow on the sidewalk along the curb line.  Shoveling snow into the street hinders plowing efforts and it is illegal.