CLEVELAND - Another snowy weekend put Cleveland road crews to the test, trying to keep city streets clear and passable. The city put a plan in place and there seemed to be improvement compared to a few weeks ago.
Clevelanders found themselves digging out again Sunday, following several inches of new snow that blanketed the area . City road crews had to do the same.
The plan of attack called for first clearing the primary and secondary roads and then tackling the residential side streets. "Not a problem at all. You get hit with a big snow storm, you're going to get delays,” Cleveland resident Matt O’Brien said as he cleared his driveway on Harlan Avenue.
By Sunday afternoon, the city reported that about 60 percent of the side streets had been cleared. That was something that Councilman Mike Polensek saw for himself driving around his neighborhood. "We saw a big improvement from what we saw the week after the Super Bowl and let's hope it continues throughout the remainder of the winter," Councilman Polensek added.
The city had 27 plows clearing the roads since Saturday afternoon, working with a reduced number of trucks because of needed repairs. "It's budget issues. You have equipment that breaks, you got to fix it. You know, 20-percent down with the vehicles. It's a situation that they can only rectify with money," O’Brien said.
The city had smaller trucks with plows from other departments to assist with this clean up. "From Parks, Recreation, they brought in a bunch of other vehicles which was smart. They need to do that because -- let's face it -- in the case of an emergency everybody has to marshal up," Polensek said.
The councilman also asked for residents to do their part and get their cars off the streets, so city crews can do a better job of cleaning the roads. “So, if we all do our part and the city does its part – we’ll get through this,” Polensek said.
The city’s plan is to have about 50 plows working until Monday morning, to try to say ahead of the next snowfall.