Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yekaterinburg's outskirts remain impassable after record snowfall

Despite hundreds of snow plows being deployed to clean up Yekaterinburg's roads after record snowfall this winter, many roads in communities outside the city remain impassable.

Several citizens of Yekaterinburg have opened complaints against the city's administration after their streets and sidewalks have gone ignored by the road maintenance department for weeks. Some spokespeople for the administration have placed blame on the road management agencies for thus far failing to service areas outside the city, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"The city administration is trying in such situations to place all the blame on the management companies that serve these residential sectors," Yekaterinburg Deputy Duma Head Alexander Kosintev said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "It is a vicious circle that must be broken."

According to the mayor's office, Yekaterinburg received 75,000 tons of snow during the first eight days of January. The city administration estimates that, to date, 13,000 tons have been removed, and crews are working to dispose of the remaining 60,000 tons of snowpack using 600 industrial plows.

"Apparently, it is necessary to resort to public control," Kosintev said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "I am proposing a kind of party flashmob: decorate all the streets between the members of the local branch and at the same time they go out to fix many sweepers employed for hauling snow. And then many things will become clear whether all 600 machines [are being operated]."