Buffalo crews work around the clock to clear city roads

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Rick Pangburn trekked through the snow to get sweets for his valentine on Saturday.

“It’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve got to take care of your woman,” Pangburn said. “We had to park down the street, but it’s not too bad. It’s all fluffy.”

Pangburn and others went to the Park Edge Sweet Shoppe in South Buffalo for holiday treats.

While people were out shopping, Buffalo highway crews worked on the roads.

Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak said crews have been hauling snow since Saturday.

Thirty city plows have been working around the clock to clear the roads; while ten contracted crews removed snow that was piled up.

“We haven’t had a meltdown. And it doesn’t look like we’re going to get a February thaw. So we have to move the snow,” Stepniak said.

Mayor Byron Brown said crews also plan to focus on narrow roads.

“We anticipate being in some of the narrower streets which are 24 feet, 26 feet, and 28 feet in the West Side of Buffalo, the Black Rock Riverside area and the East Side area of Hamlin Park,” Brown said.

If vehicles are parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant or on the wrong side of the street, they may be towed.

“We’ve had to mini tow. We’ve tried to refrain from that because we know that parking is difficult,” Brown said.

Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said, “We need the residents to cooperate with those parking restrictions. If they don’t, what we’ve been doing is a lot of mini towing. We try to put the car as closely as we can to the neighborhood from where we towed it, in a legal parking space.”

Helfer added that within the past week they’ve towed more than 200 vehicles. He said people can locate their vehicles by calling their local police district. When it’s picked up, they’ll have a ticket and tow charge.

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