P.G. struggles to clear roads
Prince George's County has deployed more than 320 vehicles to work around the clock clearing roads, according to Department of Public Works spokeswoman Susan Hubbard. She said crews have been working since 1 p.m. Friday.
"We have been working the primary roads," she said. "We are finding that the big plows work best because the smaller 4-by-4s aren't heavy enough to handle this heavy, intense snow."
Hubbard said the smaller vehicles were being used to clear some residential roads, but the continuing snowfall made the effort almost fruitless. "As soon as they get the roads clear, they are covered up with snow again and they have to turn around and plow them again," she said.
Hubbard called on county residents to help. She said county code requires homeowners, renters, business owners and managers to clear the sidewalks adjacent to the roadways in front of their homes or business establishments. Failure to comply may result in a ticket and a fine, she said. She also reminded residents that it is illegal to block the sidewalk with your vehicle and reminded adults to be mindful of the hazard uncleared and blocked sidewalks pose to children who are walking.
"We have to look out to make sure the sidewalks are safe for the children," she said.
Hubbard also urged residents to help plow crews by removing cars from roadways when possible. "When people can't remove their cars from the roads, we ask that they park on the even numbered side of the street so that the plows can get through," she said. "These plows are not easily maneuverable between cars parked on both sides of the road."
She also urged pedestrians to move out of the roadways when they see plows approaching and to wear light-colored or light-reflective garments to prevent being struck by a car or emergency vehicle.
And, she asked residents to remember the fire department. "Please shovel around fire hydrants so that if there is a fire, the fire department personnel will be able to find them."
February 6, 2010; 2:36 PM ET
Categories: Weather , highways | Tags: Prince George's, pedestrian safety, snow, snowstorm, weather
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