Philly says it’s cleared 80 percent of streets

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 Garbage trucks with plows attached are still cleaning up South Philadelphia Monday morning. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Garbage trucks with plows attached are still cleaning up South Philadelphia Monday morning. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The Philadelphia Streets Department says 80 percent of the 2,500 miles of city roads are passable — and all of the primary roads have been cleared of snow.   Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton says crews are working to complete all the smaller streets in the city but they are having some problems.

“Parked cars on certain corners, individuals trying to move their car when they shouldn’t, but we’ve cleared most of the primary secondary streets we’re still working very hard on the residential streets,” he said.

NWTMDcarltonx600Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)Carlton says on complete roads, black top is visible. On passable roads, the roads have been plowed so that cars can traverse them, but black top may not yet be visible.

Residents are encouraged to make that distinction when communicating with 311 about their street conditions.

The city is striving to have all through roads (not including dead ends and alleys) clear by the end of Wednesday.

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