Asheville crews continue plowing efforts, suspend ART bus service

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    Asheville Public Works Streets crews battled snow-covered streets all night and the work continues Sunday. But with the storm still in progress, many roads are not passable.

    “All roads are snow covered and it is still snowing,” said Streets Operations Manager Jerry Yates, who worked the overnight shift. “The snow is covering it up as fast as we can plow it off.”

    Public Works is currently focusing on priority 1 streets. Primary roads have to be the priority for snow removal to ensure they are passable for our emergency responders. Here is a link to the City’s snow removal priority map.

    Downed trees are adding to the situation, blocking these roads as of Sunday morning:

    • 463 Emma Road
    • Robinhood at Brookwood
    • Chunns Cove at Rivercane

    At a joint Buncombe County-City of Asheville winter storm press briefing Saturday, Asheville Public Works Director Greg Shuler said his staff “is well trained, dedicated and will remain on the job clearing roads as long as necessary.”

    He also called on the community to take measures to help Public Works crews clear our streets.

    “When you see one of our plows out performing their duties please give them plenty of clearance for safety,” Shuler said.

    Buncombe Emergency Services Director Jerry Vehaun advised people to stay off the roads, for their own safety.

    ART bus service remains suspended today, due to the conditions of the streets.

    To assist with getting vehicles off of streets so snow plows can work more efficiently all City-owned parking garages are free through 8 a.m. Tuesday. You will need to take an entrance ticket (for record keeping) but the exit gates are open.

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