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City Still Expects to Partly Clear Roads by the End of the Evening 

Online tracker shows that no roads are 100 percent snow and ice free.

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The commute home from work should be easier since the city estimates that all roads are still scheduled be partially clear by the end of the evening.

But things won’t be completely easy going, says Sharon North, department of public works spokeswoman.

“It is expected that by the end of the evening all city streets will have either been plowed or chemically treated,” North said. “That does not mean all residents will see asphalt; but the streets will be passable.”

North said that crews were focusing on residential neighborhoods, which should be good news if you are going stir crazy in your cul-de-sac.

The city has set up an online snow tracker so that you can watch with anticipation for what areas should be cleared next. So far, the tracker shows that 92 percent of roads are in the progress of being cleared, which the city is planning stages for 7 percent.

None of the streets -- which total 1,800 lane miles -- are shown to be fully clear.

Many Richmonders are taking to social media to complain about the pace of snow removal.

One city resident commented on Facebook about the fact that the city’s snow plow tracker features nothing but roads yet to be plowed, despite an effort to show progress.

“This is classic city of Richmond. They have a map to show you what they haven’t done,” writes Stephen Guthrie. “The city has a terrible habit of ordering dessert and then realizing they don’t have enough money to order an entree.”

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