March snowstorm: 5 things to know, and how the Streets Department is dealing


As the City of Philadelphia deploys hundreds of employees and snow plows to battle this (hopefully last) winter snowstorm, concerns mounted that supplies and salt would run short as they sometimes do by the time late-winter storms hit.

But Streets Department spokeswoman June Cantor said the city has found vendors that will continue to deliver salt to the city so that it can properly deal with and treat the 2,575 miles worth of city roads throughout the day today.

PennDOT reported to NBC10 this morning that brine wasn’t sprayed on the major roads yesterday because the rain would have washed it away, but crews began applying granular salt to the roads by midnight and will continue to do so. There were a few spinouts reported, but no major accidents have been reported on the highways.

A few things to remember:

1. Trash and recycling collection across the city has been suspended for the day, and the Streets Department is asking residents who have Thursday trash collection to hold their garbage until next week.

2. The El and the Regional Rails are running today, but SEPTA warns that you should expect delays on both of those. Bus routes are being re-routed and canceled, so check with SEPTA before you grab the bus.

3. You have six hours after the snow ends before your sidewalk has to be cleaned up, or face a fine. Cantor says you can be fined for throwing the snow into the road; it’s preferable to dump it near a parked car, closer to a home, or on a lawn if it’s available. Make sure that the path you clear is at least three feet wide or, if your sidewalk is less than three feet wide, one foot wide.

4. About 75 percent of flights coming into and going out of Philadelphia were canceled due to the storm. PHL is urging those with flights scheduled to check with their airlines to find out flight statuses.

5. The City of Philadelphia isn’t joking around about snow emergency routes. If your car is parked on a snow emergency route, it’s gon’ get towed. Here’s more information on which cars need to be moved, and where to move them.

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