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Scranton to Haul Snow from Downtown

SCRANTON -- Snow-clogged streets halted business in downtown Scranton for a second day, so the city has plans to shut down those streets and haul the snow away overnight.

Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, crews will start hauling away huge snow banks in the downtown area that are making it hard for Scranton's main business district to be open for business.

Mathew Donahue lives a few floors above Spruce Street in Scranton. He looked out in the morning and couldn't see his car.

"I looked out the window and saw I had a lot of work to do, so me and Danny the dog came out and started shoveling."

Mathew and Danny the dog readied for a few hours' work removing his car from the piled up snow. They weren't alone.

"You can't see my roommate's car, they're in there good. They have a lot of work to do too."

Business owners in the downtown were back to work, too, but many of them not open. Abe's Deli was one of the only unlocked doors.

"Yesterday we basically opened up strictly just to clean the front of the store. I mean, the snow would have been way too high to clear it all in one day," said Renato Luongo.

For the businesses that are open, there aren't any spaces for customers to come and park, so the city has a plan to remove all of this snow from the downtown.

"I just ask that the people be patient. I understand that it's a difficult situation and maybe our patience is wearing a little thin, but believe me, we're out there doing the best that we can. Like I said, we're bringing 20 triaxles in tonight and 10 front-end loaders. It's a massive storm, the biggest in our history," said Mayor Bill Courtright, (D) Scranton.

So, it will take some time and money. The mayor expects the downtown snow removal and extra plows to help in the neighborhoods will cost the city at least $300,000.

"There will be parking now tomorrow. Today, it's hard to park, people could double park on the street but it's dangerous. The city's doing a great job. As long as they clean this up, they'll be back to normal in a few days," said Luongo.

There is a parking ban in effect in downtown Scranton for snow removal from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 8 a.m. Thursday.  The specific streets covered by this ban are all streets between Lackawanna Avenue and Mulberry Streets and all streets between Mifflin Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.

4 comments

  • Tomtom

    Do the opposite. Haul snow from city streets and dump it all in downtown. Cart Wrong is wrong again. Maybe his union friends and pension buddies can help us out. Or do nothing and wait for the snow to melt. Yeah, that’s it. Your ink cartridge is in aisle four, Kung Fu boy.

  • NotMyMayor

    Driving from 9th Street in West side to get a few necessary items tonight around 5om was a nightmare. Our street was plowed, but poorly. Cars getting stuck in the middle of the street, both ends were really bad, people getting stuck left and right. Luzerne syreet was passable, but better than main ave. Forget main ave in Taylor, that was just as bad as my street. Scranton services really dropped the ball. By day 2 you expect to be able to leave your house with no real issues. Just wondering how to get to work tomorrow with the streets still horrendously covered.

  • Franko

    gee, maybe they should do like they do in other major cities…
    Have alternate side of the street parking, so that neighbrhoods can be cleaned, which also elminates all of these people whose cars are permanent street ornaments that havent moved in months or years…
    Have now emergency routes,in which case, there is no parking on those particular streets during blizzards…
    Acually clean the snow from the parking spots — You go to a real city and they actually plow the parking spaces so people can still go to businesses…
    Stop piling the snow they plow onto mounds on corners…
    Stop people from using cones, chairs, tables, etc., to block spaces for themselves. They don’t own the parking space just because they live on that block — it’s an illegal practic that the city never enforces the law on…

  • Sore from shoveling

    That is good for those businesses and people living downtown. How about those of us who cant leave the house because the streets arent plowed? Try plowing William Street near Holy Roseary. We cant get out to go to work. There is still something like 6-8 inches on that street.

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