A New Snow Removal System for Pittsburgh

gc-snow-plowAs the City of Pittsburgh continues to recover from record amounts of snow, many are already beginning to discuss a revamping of the City’s snow removal system for the future.

Earlier this week, Carnegie Mellon University President Jerry Cohon offered to City Council the support of CMU students, faculty and staff to help Pittsburgh create a new winter weather operations plan. While many other cities pay large amounts of money for new operations systems, CMU has offered to design and create a new system free of cost. This new system will become a model for other cities around the country to follow. In addition to this, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak will be leading a task force that will review the City’s response to the recent storms. Councilman Bill Peduto will begin working with Councilwoman Rudiak, Public Works Committee Chair Councilman Bruce Kraus and CMU to create this new operations system.

In order for this system to be successful it must be a result- based operation plan, in which goals and timelines are set and allow for more accountability. It also must rely on computer software to determine the most effect route system, which you can read about here. Also, it should utilize GPS technology in snow plows so that residents may track the removal progress in real-time online. Read more about Howard County, Maryland’s GPS system here, and see the map here. We must create an outcome-based budgeting process to reward results and enforce accountability, and we need to calculate the size of the worker and equipment force necessary to clear snow within 48 hours.

Learn more about these efforts:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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  2. Paul McCarthy Says:

    April 5th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Snow emergency routes and on street snow storage spots need to be researched and sinage must be posted (ie. place piles of snow in the sun to hasten melting without blocking views at intersections. The intersection of 17th St. & Sidney St. in the South Side had huge piles of plowed snow which blocked the view for people drivng on either street.)

    Fire Hydrants and catch basins were covered with snow. Seems PW employees should be briefed as to locations and when an extreme
    snow storms are predictated a plan should be in place.

    Some municipalities place thin markers(similar to CB antennas)onto each safety devices like hydradants and marked with reflective tape.

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