City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Plan – February 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The City of Cleveland’s snow removal fleet has been deployed in anticipation of the expected snow fall tonight. As of 5:00 p.m., the Division of Streets has 25 crews servicing main roads. By 8:00 p.m., the Division will increase to full staffing levels of 48 crews. At 4:00 a.m., 12 road graders will be added to increase our snow removal fleet to 60 pieces of equipment. These crews will service main roads throughout the morning commute.

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During events with large amounts of continuous snow, and in this case, wind anticipated to reach maximum speeds of up to 25 mph, the Division’s focus is on snow removal efforts and plowing main thoroughfares.

Bridges and hills will be salted as needed. Currently, the City of Cleveland has 7,000 tons of salt in its reserves and receives a daily shipment of 1,400 tons.

For the morning commute, the City of Cleveland encourages all motorists to allow for ample time in order to reach their destinations. Traffic control officers will be stationed at key intersections downtown to help keep traffic moving.  In addition, motorists should not “Block the Box” when traveling. Ensure you can move all the way through an intersection before the traffic signal changes. Stopping in the middle of an intersection prohibits oncoming vehicles from passing through that intersection and can result in grid lock.

NOTICES:

  • The Director of Public Safety has issued a parking ban effective as of 11:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • The City of Cleveland also encourages residents to park off street where ever possible, to allow plows room to clear the street curb-to-curb.
  • Residents and commuters should pay attention to local media outlets for important updates regarding the weather and any government, school or business delays or closings.
  • In addition, check the City’s website: www.city.cleveland.oh.us and the City Hall Blog: www.clecityhall.com for messages from the Mayor’s Office of Communications about the progress of our snow crews, and emergency information related to the weather event.

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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