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P.G. struggles to clear roads

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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."
--Avis Thomas-Lester

By Michael Bolden  |  February 6, 2010; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  Weather , highways  | Tags: Prince George's, pedestrian safety, snow, snowstorm, weather  
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Won't those 320+ vehicles contribute to global warming?

Posted by: freddy666 | February 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Officials shouldn't start throwing around threats of fines already. I can't get my front door open. It's going to be awhile until I can dig my way to the front of my townhouse to clear off my porch, walkway, and the sidewalk in front.

Posted by: kschles | February 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

P.G. struggles to clear roads. Really? Do not the surrounding areas of Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia face the same struggles?

According to this very paper, N. Va officials do not anticipate residential clearing before Tues./Wedn, and the our Gov. has told residents to stay off the road.

And yet, the negative innuendo assocated with 'struggle', is placed squarely on the shoulders of PG County.

Having recently overheard an impassioned co-worker decry the consistency of slanted journalism used to depict PG in a negative light, I decided to take more notice of the County's representation on television, and in print media.

Prior to reading the article, I expected a litany of issues related to limited resources, inadequate staffing, and mismanagement. Instead, the snow-clearing activities referenced indicate the Dept. of Public Works is applying the amount of diligence needed to manage the blizzard, and is setting expectations for the larger community.

The only stuggle I see, is in the author's ability to positively title an article concerning what seems to be the metropolitan areas favorite stepchild.

Posted by: lelbee | February 6, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy to shovel my walk....just as soon as I get my front door open. From the looks of things that may be Monday or Tuesday.

Posted by: shelli4018 | February 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the stepchild comment. It seems that Prince George's County so call struggles are no more severe than the rest of region. In fact the writer's pronoucement that the county is somehow challenged in its snow removal efforts is both premature and not supported by any set of facts presented in the article.

Posted by: epboyd | February 7, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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