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Haverhill

February 12, 2014

Snow piles cleared from downtown

City crews work overnight to make spots safer

HAVERHILL — If you were shopping or doing business downtown yesterday and parked your car on the street, then you probably had to climb over a mound of frozen snow to reach the sidewalk or had to hunt for an opening.

Today should be a different story, as the city planned to send out work crews last night to remove snow from the edges of downtown streets. The snow accumulated there during recent storms.

City officials said the cleanup was scheduled to happen between 6 p.m. yesterday and 5 a.m. today and targeted the Washington, Essex, Wingate and Merrimack streets areas.

Workers operated backhoes to dig out the frozen mounds and load them onto dump trucks which delivered the snow to the Highway Department yard on Primrose Street.

David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, said the mounds of snow that accumulated at the curbs of downtown streets impacted commerce and created a potentially dangerous situation for people who tried to climb over them.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to come downtown and shop,” Van Dam said about the cleanup operation.

“At times you get out of your car and you can’t get to the sidewalk because of a frozen pile of snow,” he said. “There’s always the potential to slip and fall.”

With another winter storm in the forecast for tomorrow, residents are reminded to park on the even side of the street this month between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Violators of the city’s overnight winter parking ban are subject to a $25 fine and towing.

If the city declares a snow emergency for the storm, parking will not be allowed on posted snow emergency routes.

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