Cold weather delays city spring road maintenance

Road maintenance crews will be starting some springtime tasks as much as two weeks later than usual thanks to the recent cold weather and accompanying freeze-thaw cycle, the city said Wednesday.

But in the meantime, they are removing some street-side snow piles and gutter ice to speed up the melting process and get the city's streets ready for sweeping and pothole patching, as well as to reduce localized flooding.

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Crews also continue to respond to requests to remove snow, unclog catch basins, and smooth out sections of thick, rutted ice on roadways. During March alone, they responded to nearly 500 requests, the city said.

Other ongoing work includes gravel road grading and trimming trees and bushes back from road right-of-ways.

The city's wintertime parking restrictions remain in effect until April 15.

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