Crews worked in shifts through the night Tuesday into Wednesday, widening main arterial streets downtown and hauling large amounts of snow out of neighborhood streets, city officials said.
On Tuesday evening, officials said that 100 percent of city streets were “passable”–meaning cars could get through–but they acknowledged that many of the streets were still narrow, with snow blocking portions of at least one lane.
The parking ban will be lifted on downtown streets beginning at noon Wednesday. It will be lifted citywide at midnight.
Mayor Pedro Segarra said schools will resume operation Thursday. There was concern about snow drifts and unplowed sidewalks posing a danger to children, he said. City offices were open Wednesday.
The city has used 24 outside contractors, 22 plows, 35 “tri-axles,” 26 payloaders and 200 employees to clear snow from the streets, Segarra said. Hartford’s $602,000 snow budget has been spent and city officials will depend on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse 75 percent of expenditures.