Philadelphia lifts snow emergency

The city of Philadelphia is claiming victory in the latest battle to clear snow from the streets.  The snow emergency has been lifted and even tertiary streets are getting plowed this time around.

Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson says the key to clearing the streets of the snow was planning and lucky timing.

“We did have the benefit of the storm happening overnight and ending all at one time and because the roads were not heavy with traffic, our plows were able to travel much more swiftly throughout the city to apply salt and to plow,” said Tolson.

Tolson says knowing the storm was on the way gave Philadelphia time to put down a brine solution early so for the most part, ice did not adhere to the pavement.  Trash and recycling collection will be delayed a day for the rest of the week because of the snow cleanup.

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