Snow Status Update – Thursday, Jan. 28th

28 Jan

Snow Emergency Phase 2 remains in effect. City government opens at 10:00am Thursday with Liberal Leave in effect for non-essential employees. City Schools will be closed Thursday. Businesses are urged to be flexible with employee leave to and to telework if possible.

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This map shows 311 requests for snow and icy streets over the past 3 days – active SRs are in blue; closed ones are in yellow. Please email me at bill.henry@baltimorecity.gov if you have an SR# that you do not see on the map. To generate this map in real time, click here and select “Calls in the last 3 days” and “Snow & Icy Conditions”.
Transportation:
  • Approximately 85% of City streets are passable.  All roads are expected to be passable by Friday at the latest. Last night, snow removal crews worked along specific city gateways to remove snow from parking and curb lanes.
  • Motorists who will be traveling in Baltimore on Thursday, especially in the downtown area, are encouraged to plan ahead and allow additional travel time. Heavy volumes of traffic are expected in the city throughout the day and traffic congestion is anticipated. Commuters are strongly encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation.
  • DOT and the City Schools anticipate having all school parking lots clear tomorrow.
  • DOT is addressing snow/icy-condition service requests in the 311 system.  They are now at approximately 8,000 total requests and dropping quickly as they are addressed.
  • 72,000 tons of snow are being hauled to each of the two dumping sites each day.  A third dumping site will be opened tomorrow.
  • Youth workers may be activated again today depending on availability.
  • All MTA services and routes are operating at normal levels today, with some delays anticipated.
  • The Charm City Circulator will resume normal services on Thursday, with some delays anticipated.
  • The National Guard has scaled down operations; currently there are only six Guard vehicles remaining in the city.
Parking & Road Restrictions
  • Parking continues to be restricted on any marked snow emergency routes.
  • Peak hour restrictions and safety related issues will now be enforced; such as blocking bus stops, fire hydrants, crosswalks, “no stopping” and “no parking” in the travel lane (impeding traffic).  No other violations will be enforced.
  • Over 550 abandoned vehicles have been towed.
  • Code Enforcement officials have begun issuing citations to businesses with snow-covered sidewalks along major corridors.

Food

Youth meals will again be distributed at some recreation centers.  Families can call 211 to confirm meal availability and open locations.

Health/Dialysis Transports

City assistance with MTA Mobility dialysis and other critical medical appointments continues.  Those in need of assistance should contact their normal provider and schedule an appointment.  The provider will contact the city if help is needed reaching the client.

Public Works

  • Trash collections on Thursday and Friday will be done from the front of the address only, where streets are accessible.
  • Crews will NOT pick up recycling the rest of this week OR NEXT WEEK in order to concentrate resources on trash collection. Residents are asked to keep their recycling – or drop it off at one of the City’s five Citizen Convenience Centers – while trash crews focus on removing the trash.
  • Street sweeping, bulk trash collection, and rat abatements remain suspended through this week.  Boarding of property will be done on an emergency basis only.
Fire & Police 
  • Fire Department units continue to support plowing operations by providing information on blocked streets. Overall call volume has returned to normal.
  • BPD and Traffic Enforcement Officers from DOT are increasing their presence in the downtown area during rush-hour to help with traffic issues.
Homeless
Homeless Services are returning to normal operations.
Power Outages
Currently less than 10 outages in the city, none in the 4th District.
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