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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/09/2010

D.C. to reinstate snow emergency at 4 p.m.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced Tuesday that he will reinstate the snow emergency at 4 p.m. to clear major roadways in anticipation of the approaching storm.

Fenty (D) had lifted the snow emergency Monday, but he said emergency routes will once again need to be cleared by rush hour. Vehicles parked on those routes will be towed.

Fenty updated the city's snow removal efforts at a news conference shown live by NewsChannel 8.

Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation, and Bill Howland, director of the Department of Public Works, outlined new strategies to removing the snow that remains on side streets and fighting the next storm.

Klein partially blamed poorly parked vehicles for delayed removal of the snow. He said smaller equipment would be enlisted to get around those vehicles. He said it was important to dig residents out since they would need to shop for more supplies for the new storm.

Howland said they would also use bulldozers since some of the smaller plows could not get in other areas.

Both men said the city was getting more salt to shore up supplies.

Fenty said there was a "silver lining" to the snow, praising government workers and residents for helping each other. "It's been great to see the city unified," Fenty said.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post editors  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/09/2010

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