Portland continues to remove "snow mountains"

8:23 AM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Public Works will continue removing the snow mountains Thursday after the Wednesday to Thursday yellow ban. Director Mike Bobinsky Thursday said the number one priority is public safety.

"Especially for fire apparatus and police. If it's too narrow, they can't go down the streets," said Bobinsky.

The yellow ban Wednesday to Thursday allowed the city to remove some of the big piles in the downtown area, said Bobinsky. He said that this ban allows for better removal and enhances public and traffic safety in concentrated areas.

Snow removal isn't like trash removal - Bobinsky assured there is no dumpster. The city has two main "dumping" grounds, one on Bayside and the other on outer Congress.

Over the course of the winter, Bobinsky said there have been about 11 parking bans. The city budgets for about eight major storm cleanups, but Bobinsky said there have been more like 11 or 12.

"The challenge this year is the frequency of storms. We've had major and significant storms, in terms of cleanup," he said.

In additions to street clean-up, the city does have a sidewalk cleaning ordinance that mandates residents clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the city's plowing. Commercial properties have 12 hours. Bobinsky said this is a critical part of the clean-up process.

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