neighborhood streets, Reed said.
Atlanta’s priority one routes covers 200 centerline miles of roadways including 40 bridges, 6 hospitals, and 16 police precincts. Currently, more than 150 miles of Atlanta’s streets have been cleared with 50 more miles to complete. Public Works crews were entering neighborhoods and clearing side streets Tuesday evening.
In conjunction with completing priority routes, crews will continue to canvass designated areas and respond to dispatched calls received from police and other emergency personnel as well as reports from citizens. For reporting of ice or hazardous roadway conditions, please call 404-853-3200.
The Department of Public Works has started clearing and sanding sidewalks in downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the central business district. Crews will be canvassing areas and checking pedestrian access as the roads are being cleared.
In addition to clearing the streets, Reed announced that the city partnered with Greyhound and other agencies to provide meals to approximately 150 stranded passengers at the bus terminal in downtown Atlanta. Greyhound will assist stranded passengers with hotel accommodations if needed. Reed thanked Emory University, the United Way, TGIF, the faith-based community and others for their assistance in providing aid to the passengers.
On Sunday evening, Reed joined Governor Sonny Perdue in calling for a state of emergency in the City of Atlanta. Since Sunday, Reed and his senior staff have monitored weather, traffic and police, fire-rescue and public works operations at the City of Atlanta’s Joint Operations Command Center, which opened at 7 p.m. Sunday and will remain in service for 24-hours per day through the duration of this weather event.
Due to inclement weather, solid waste collections will be delayed. “We will begin collection of routes as road conditions improve,” Reed said. “We expect to begin garbage and recycling collection on Wednesday Jan. 12, and work through Saturday Jan. 15 to ensure citywide collection is completed. Collection of yard trimmings is delayed until further notice. All route collections are dependent upon weather and accessibility.
“We ask our customers to exercise patience as we work diligently to serve them,” Reed said.
The City of Atlanta is asking residents, if possible, to not park on the following main thoroughfares to assist with plowing operations: 14th Street, 17thStreet, International Boulevard, Marietta Boulevard, Marietta Street, Martin Luther King Drive, Northside Drive, Moreland Avenue, Peachtree Road, Peters Street, Piedmont Road, Roswell Road, Spring Street, West Peachtree Street, Whitehall Street and Williams Street.