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Mayor Slay: St. Louis, Here's How We're Clearing the Streets After This Snow

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Mayor Francis Slay
St. Louisans were still haunted by the last storm's cabin-fever dreams as snow fell Tuesday just in time for rush hour.

To prevent an uproar from residents who couldn't make it out of their neighborhoods on unplowed, untreated streets weeks ago, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay posted his plan for clearing the latest snow.

See also: Six Insane Things That Happen When It Snows in St. Louis

St. Louis' street-plowing strategy focuses on arterial roadways, but Slay included treatment for side streets in this plan, saying he learned a lesson from the last snowstorm.

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Snow routes for the city of St. Louis.
"One lesson learned in the last snowstorm was that a major impediment to side streets was the accumulated walls of snow -- 'windrows' -- that blocked side streets at the intersections of the snow routes," Slay posted on Facebook.

Those windrows walled drivers off from the cleared main roads, completely boxing in smaller cars.

This time, the city is ready to clear intersections where side streets meet snow-plow routes after heavy or long snowfalls. Once the intersections have been cleared, streets director Todd Waelterman will decide whether or not to enter the side streets, either to plow a single center cut without (they hope) burying cars or to spread salt and sand mix.

See also: 14 Dogs (and a Chicken) Romping in the St. Louis Snow Storm That Will Warm Your Heart

"That's the plan," Slay says. "Please stay home if you can to give crews space to work. If you do go out, please consider public transportation. Drive safely, if you must drive."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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kermit15stl
kermit15stl

The poor quality map is because RFT posted a screen shot of it instead of a link to the actual map.  go to stlouis-mo.gov/snow and see an interactive map where you can pan and zoom in.  or download a hard copy

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

First I want to change Missouri's right to work laws considering the fact I was just threatened to be fired if I did not come into work today despite the fact that the national weather service has stated that the roads are hazardous.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

It would be cool if we had more plow trucks on the beat, so long as you don't object to them.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

It's easy to criticize mayor Slay and call him "quaint" over this map, but it's much harder to give him suggestions and constructive criticism! I like how Francis Slay has become a convenient bogeyman to local pundits and the politically sophomoric. :-)

James Knight
James Knight

Well, it's a nice sentiment, but getting to and from home in a small car is simply impossible when no one salts/sands the side streets before the snow hits. Dont they check the weather!?

Mary Warner Watkins
Mary Warner Watkins

Sooo anyone south of the Hill is just fucked, huh? Nonexistent territory over there, I suppose.

Matthew Sawicki
Matthew Sawicki

it'd be nice to see all of the city... south city is cut off!

Vladimer Lapunksky
Vladimer Lapunksky

The highways were so dangerous yesterday. The main streets as well. Everyone knew the snow was coming. It seems to me that the best measures to take would be preventative ones. I want to know why the city waits to do anything about it until it's already a huge problem.

Jr Calton
Jr Calton

Using the 1994 version of Microsoft Paint.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

I can't get out of my subdivision. Too many hills covered in snow. What the hell am I paying taxes for?

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

wow I bet slay took a hit on that...way less money for the goober to embezzle...Will his friends be doing the plowing?

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