SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION

For Immediate Release – January 26, 2015

Media Contact: Mike Alkhal – 484-357-7131

City of Bethlehem Declares Snow Emergency – Effective 7:00p.m.

City of Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez declared a snow emergency in Bethlehem effective 7p.m. today, Monday, January 26, 2015, until further notice.  Residents are advised to follow sign designations to allow for the removal of snow from city streets.

The declaration of emergency requires vehicles to be removed from city streets designated as snow emergency routes. As such, vehicles need to be removed from Bethlehem snow emergency routes by 7p.m. today to allow for the removal of snow by plows from curb-to-curb.

Vehicles not removed will be towed to allow for plowing.

One side of a snow emergency route is plowed at a time. Residents should check the signs posted along snow emergency routes to determine which side of the street – the even or odd — will be cleared first. Snow emergency operations will continue until both sides are cleared.

The Bethlehem Parking Authority also announced that the North Street and Walnut Street public parking garages, and street meters, will be free of charge for the duration of the snow emergency to accommodate parking needs. Vehicles must be removed from these locations as soon as the emergency is lifted.  Residents are asked not to park on public parking lots due to the need to plow these lots.

“I ask for your patience and cooperation during the City’s snow removal process.  Additionally, I would ask you to be vigilant and aid elderly residents regarding their immediate needs. Lastly, I ask residents to please aid in removing snow around fire hydrants.” Mayor Donchez stated.

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