City-wide Snow Removal Operations Update

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2107, 11:00 a.m.

CLEVELAND – Monday, January 30, 2017 the City of Cleveland provided an update on the City’s and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s snow removal operations and the plan moving forward.

Cleveland Department of Public Works:

The City of Cleveland Chief of Operations, Darnell Brown and Director of Public Works, Michael Cox, provided an overview of snow removal operations that have been taking place since noon yesterday, January 29, 2017.

“The City of Cleveland continues to implement the systematic approach to snow removal operations,” said Chief Brown. “This has proven to be the most effective methodology for efficient service delivery for our snow removal operations.”

At noon yesterday snow removal crews began preparing for the snow event. They brought the 2nd shift Sunday, to distribute salt and liquid deicer in advance of the snow event.

The snow crews will work 12 hour shifts until further notice.

Currently, first shift has 69 snow removal vehicles on streets plowing main and secondary roads. This includes eight large road graders. Beginning at noon today all resources transitioned to residential streets.

Today the second shift (3:00 p.m.) will have 74 snow removal vehicles including 12 road graders. The third shift will have 54 snow removal vehicles on the street with an additional 12 road graders. We will also have additional crews from Public Works and Public Utilities working and the City has 33,000 tons of salt on hand.

The Snow Parking Ban began at 11:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until further notice. In addition to the regular parking ban streets, we ask residents who can to park their vehicles off the residential streets so we can clear the streets from curb to curb.

Crews worked to clear main and secondary streets until noon today and then transitioned to residential streets.

In the event this next band of snow causes the main and secondary streets to return to poor conditions we will turn our snow removal efforts back to the main and secondary streets.


Cleveland Hopkins International Airport:

The City of Cleveland Director of Port Control, Robert Kennedy, provided an overview of the snow removal operation as of this morning.

The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport experienced 2 runway closures this morning due to heavy snow and reduced visibility with little impact to operations. 

Hopkins Airport has maintained full compliance with the FAA Snow and Ice Control Plan and has been fully staffed for each snow event this snow season.

Operating a safe airfield is and always has been the number 1 priority.

Hopkins Airport is currently operating at full capacity and is preparing for another snow event predicted for tonight.