Message from Mayor Callahan – 11/2/12

Traffic Patterns returning to normal in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Pa. (November 2, 2012)

As of 9:30 a.m. City of Bethlehem traffic signalization is returning to normal.  The City has 108 intersections powered up, 16 do not have electricity and 8 out of those 16 are powered by City generators.  The Public Works staff and Police department have stayed on top of the traffic situation and continually shifted generators to maximize the number of traffic lights would be energized.  At one point, 60 traffic signals were not working following the storm. 

As of 3:30 yesterday afternoon there remained 19 partial road closures due to downed wires or downed trees and wires.  Thos 19 road closures required assistance from PPL before any work could be completed.  Center Street and Pennsylvania Avenue were reopened as of this morning.

The Recycling Center remains without power.  However, the Compost Facility will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The extended hours are to allow time for residents to clean up their yards from the debris left by Hurricane Sandy.  It is important that residents do not throw yard waste into the street.  Please take your yard waste to the Compost Center.

The Halloween Parade will go on as schedule this Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Mayor Callahan stated “I want to thank City residents, business owners and visitors for their patience.”  “City employees in every department worked and are working as hard as they can to clean up the City.”  I wanted to ensure that residents had the opportunity to clean up after the storm as well, which is why the City extended the hours at the Compost Facility this weekend.  “With nice weather predicted for the weekend, we thought people might get out on Saturday and clean up their yards, then come downtown on Sunday and enjoy our Halloween parade”, he said.

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