Clearing the streets and sidewalks in the city

Updated: 02/05/2014 11:33 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 11:19 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Many of us will be shoveling Thursday after Wednesday’s snow storm, if you haven’t already.

When storm like this hit our area, we hear from some of you about the snow on sidewalks and on side streets.
So News10NBC wanted to find out what the city's plan is for clearing them up after Wednesday’s storm.

Wednesday afternoon Rochester's Director of Operations and Parks told us the city has a set of standards that it adheres to when it comes to clearing the roads and the sidewalks.

But despite those standards, some walkers wish the city would clear the sidewalks just a little quicker.

“It's easier for me to walk inside the street, and if a car passes I’ll stop and then let them go and keep going,” said city resident Kamariah Douglas.

That's the strategy Douglas uses for getting around the city on foot after a big storm. This young mother says it's just too cold and tiring to navigate snow covered sidewalks like these.

 “Do you worry about the danger of walking in the street?” asked News10NBC’s Lynette Adams.
“I do, that's why I stop, because I know a lot of times I do see cars spin out. So anytime I see a car, I just stop on the road and wait until they pass, because it's not only a danger to me, but a danger to them at the same time to avoid me,” said Douglas.

Douglas said she would like to see the city clear the sidewalks as aggressively as it clears the streets.

Marcus Dunbar said he considers himself a walker and he made his way across the Platt Street bridge Wednesday night in what seemed like record time. He was leaving his grandmother’s house, headed to his mom's house. Walking in the street most of the way. he says walkers don't have much of a choice.

 “They complain about us walking in the street and causing accidents, but they're not doing nothing about the sidewalks to keep them clear,” said Dunbar.

The City Director of Operations and Parks says the city has a set of standards it maintains, but it tries to be flexible and handle whatever mother nature brings.

“We go every four inches of additional snow accumulations and we'll be out this evening working on the sidewalk routes,” said Karen St. Aubin, City Director of Operations and Parks.

St. Aubin says it's challenging when the snowfall is constant and Wednesday night we did see the sidewalk plows out in the neighborhoods.

“We're very flexible. We go with what the weather predicts, what Mother Nature brings us we take care of, but we do have a set of standards that we stay with,” said St. Aubin.

St. Aubin says as soon as the the street and sidewalk plows operators finish their routes they go back again, and that goes for the streets and the sidewalks. She says people can help by following the parking restrictions and exercising patience.

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