by Max Brantley
"City of Little Rock staff is working around the clock to get streets cleared and to keep residents safe. At this time, I encourage citizens to exercise extreme caution if they must get out on the roads," said City Manager Bruce T. Moore.
"City Public Works crews, Police, Fire and emergency responders are out in full force. I ask citizens to give them the space to work," Moore continued.
The Little Rock Public Works Department had a full night crew working Friday—approximately 40 staff members—and brought in a full day crew Saturday morning—approximately 70 staff members—to use all operational equipment, including nine large spreader trucks, two small spreader trucks and two large road graders. Staff is working on the City's eight primary snow routes to clear major collectors and arterials to facilitate travel across the City. Fleet Services staff are working to keep vehicles and equipment operational.
Public Works crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until operations are back to normal. In addition to clearing current snowfall, crews will be preparing for more potential winter weather forecasted to enter the region Monday and Tuesday.
Currently, the following streets are closed in the City:
- Reservoir Road at Rodney Parham and Cantrell (entire length of the road)
- Green Mountain between Ethan Allen and Mara Lynn
- Bowman between Chenal and Markham
- Roosevelt between Main and Broadway
- Colonel Glenn at Bowman (not the entire road, just one side of a hill)
According to Little Rock Police Department Lt. Sidney Allen, the Little Rock Police Department has worked dozens of accidents during the current snow event. Any abandoned vehicles left on a City roadway that is impeding traffic or causing a public safety issue will be towed to open up the roadways for Public Works crews.
If a vehicle is towed by LRPD, the owner should call the Vehicle Storage Facility at (501) 918-4260. The City will not charge a storage or administration fee for these vehicles. A towing charge will be charged by the towing company.
The Little Rock Zoo is closed today and essential staff have reported to work to care for the animals. Zoo staff will evaluate whether to open tomorrow.
The Little Rock Animal Village is closed and plans to reopen on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.