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Roanoke City leaders review snow removal efforts

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Roanoke City leaders are responding to concerns about the city's snow removal process. During the past two snow events, some residents expressed concerns about the amount of time it took to clear roads, specifically some neighborhood streets.

During Monday's 9am city council meeting, official reviewed snow removal efforts. Transportation officials went over the steps taken to clear nearly 1300 lane miles of road after the two snow storms. Local leaders discussed the chemicals used, their efforts to focus on major streets before clearing neighborhoods roads as well as possible improvements.

"When you close schools for 5 days it has a tremendous impact" said Council member Sherman Lea. "We need to coordinate with schools to see if they can give us the streets that buses need to use and somehow have a more collaborative effort."

Other possible improvements discussed include using contractors on neighborhood streets as well as identifying equipment and other resource needed to remove snow more effectively.