Crews Working Around Clock, Snow Bans Issued

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By Allison Brown

CLEVELAND – As the snow continues to fall in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland city crews are working around the clock to get the roads cleared.

At least 47 City of Cleveland crews will continue work on the snowy roadways Saturday night with the hope of getting them cleared.

In the meantime, drivers are trying to deal with the conditions.

"The side streets by my house weren't that good, but as I was coming toward Beachwood it was much better," said Chandra Schaffer, who had a rough drive Saturday afternoon.

The Division of Streets currently has over 6,000 tons of salt on hand, and over 27,000 gallons of liquid de-icer to cover the big job.

Crews said the goal was to have all streets serviced within 24 to 36 hours from when snow stops falling.

Saturday night, Cleveland crews explained that many primary and secondary roads throughout the area are in fair to poor condition.

People like Norman Narvaja are prepared for the winter weather and expect the slow travel conditions because of the snow.

"They're slick, still some slush, but compared to the more recent storms, it's still fully manageable," said Narvaja.

Currently, a parking ban remains in effect in Cleveland where residents are forbidden from parking on side streets so crews can clear the roadways.

The following cities have also issued snow bans, scheduled to remain in effect until further notice:

  • Brooklyn
  • Cleveland
  • North Olmsted
  • Wadsworth
  • Maple Heights

Residents in Cleveland with snow removal concerns can call (216) 664-2510.

ODOT said 80 of its trucks were on the road and workers would remain on 12 hour shifts throughout the week.

Calcium chloride was being used to treat the streets, but the strategy will be adjusted with the temperature.

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