First snow of 2014 causes slick roads
William Duffield Staff writer
XENIA — The first snow of 2014 caused problems, but not as many as it could have. Remember, schools are already out until Monday, Jan. 6.
The Xenia Police Department reported that “three or four” accidents in the city were caused by the weather, but throughout the county it was described as “crazy” with the spokesperson at dispatch not even risking to take a guess at the number of accidents.
Reports were received at the Gazette of slick roads on the U. S. 35 bypass near Jamestown, including a semi tractor-trailer that had slid perpendicular to the roadway, taking some 20 minutes to get back in line to avoid jack-knifing.
The plows were out early this morning but there were still many streets left untreated. According to the City of Xenia, plowing is prioritized to the main roads, the city’s designated “Snow Emergency Routes,” main intersections and bridges, and then the neighborhoods.
As mentioned, “Snow Emergency Routes” take priority after the main thoroughfares. These routes are listed in the Snow Emergencies of the Xenia Codified Ordinances.
According to Section 452.13 of the Xenia Codified Ordinances, no parking is permitted on Snow Emergency Routes when snow depth exceeds four inches. When the snow emergency is declared, the Director of Public Safety has determined the situation to be hazardous or dangerous. At that time, No vehicle is to be parked on a Snow Emergency Route unless the signs permit certain parking.
Those vehicles parked, stalled or incapable of moving under its own power or left unattended on a Snow Emergency Route may be removed or towned by Xenia Police or by an authorized tow company. Owners of the vehicles will be called upon to reimburse the city for costs associated with the towing and storage of the vehicles.
The routes considered “emergencies” are:
• Ankeney Mill Road from Sutton Drive to the end;
• Church Street from Columbus Street to Third Street;
• Cincinnati Avenue from Third Street to U. S. 35;
• Collier Street/Edison Boulevard/Sutton Drive from Ohio 68 to Main Street;
• Colorado Drive from Lower Bellbrook Road to Second Street/Upper Bellbrook Road;
• Columbus Street from Home Avenue to Stevenson Road;
• Country Club Drive from Detroit Street to the dead end;
• Dayton Avenue from Main Street to the end;
• Detroit Street from U. S. 35 to Old Springfield Pike;
• Hollywood/Kinsey Road from end to end;
• Home Avenue from Detroit Street to the corporation limits;
• Industrial Boulevard from Lower Bellbrook Avenue to Cincinnati Avenue;
• Ledbetter Road from Cincinnati Avenue to Detroit Street;
• Lower Bellbrook Avenue from Vimla Way to Second Street;
• Main Street from U. S. 35 to Douglas Street;
• Market Street from Detroit Street to Collier Street;
• Monroe Drive from Lake Street to Country Club Drive;
• Orville Way from Ohio 42 to the end;
• Patton Street from Home Avenue to Birch Road;
• Pawnee Trail/Rockwell Drive from end to end;
• Progress Drive from Dayton-Xenia Road to Second Street;
• Second Street from U. S. 35 to Columbus Street;
• Sheelin Road from Towler Drive to Dayton Road;
• Tennessee Drive from Colorado Drive to the end;
• West Street from Church Street to Ankeney Mill Road; and
• Wilson Drive from Detroit Street to Joyce Drive.
Contact William Duffield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 372-4444 ext. 133.
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