Mayor urges citizens to clear sidewalks, TARC bus stops
Parked cars should be removed from major snow routes by 6 p.m. today
LOUISVILLE (March 4, 2015) – As city crews prepare to tackle another major winter storm, Mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to do their part to help the community get through this latest snow and ice.
According to meteorologists and the National Weather Service, a significant amount of snow – 7 to 11 inches – is headed toward Louisville.
As soon as the snow starts, the nearly 300-person Snow Team will be out salting and plowing, working in 12 hours shifts around the clock. They will focus on the main routes — the streets that, once treated, will help improve mobility through the city. Since the snow was preceded by steady rain, it was not possible to pre-treat the roads with brine.
Fischer said residents and businesses can do two critical things to help. First, all parked cars should be removed from the city’s 98 major snow routes by 6 p.m., so that crews can quickly get in and plow. This also will help vehicle owners because, with the large amount of snow, plows are likely to trap vehicles parked along the plowing routes.
“It’s also critical for everyone to pitch in and help clear sidewalks so people have a place to walk and citizens using walkers or wheelchairs have ample space to move about,” Fischer said.
The Mayor said the best time to do this is immediately after the snow has stopped falling but before it’s compacted and turns to ice. After it’s compacted, removing it is much more difficult.
“We also need citizens to help us remove snow from around the nearly 5,000 TARC bus stops,” Fischer said. “During the last snow, many TARC stops became a hazard because they were icy and frozen.”
Fischer said employees from several city government agencies and inmates from Metro Corrections are being pulled together, along with employees of TARC, to create a TARC Dig Out Team. These employees will focus on the most highly-used TARC bus stops. But even with this new combined approach, there’s no physical way the city can address all of the bus stops. Since most TARC bus stops are on sidewalks, property owners are technically responsible for clearing sidewalks in and around TARC stops.
“That’s why we are asking for citizens to pitch in and help. Our TARC Dig Out Team will do its part and we need citizens to do their part,” Fischer said.
List of major roads that are plowed. Citizens are being asked to voluntarily remove their vehicles from these routes by 6 p.m. today to avoid getting plowed in.
Chestnut Street Connector
Muhammad Ali Boulevard
New Grade Lane
New Cut Road
Pee Wee Reese Road
Poplar Level Road
Roy Wilkins Boulevard
St. Catherine Street