in their trademark, two-sweeper formation.
(Photo: LiUNA Local 483)
The on-street gravel treatments that added traction to Portland's streets during February's snowstorm have been cleared from the bike lanes and shoulders two weeks earlier than expected, a city spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The city managed to clear 1,700 lane-miles of gravel from its streets in four weeks, rather than the six to eight weeks it first expected, by devoting additional crews to the task.
"In addition to the night crews, we had day crews," spokeswoman Diane Dulken said. Related overtime cost the city about $100,000, she said, 14 percent of the total storm response. "Because it is a priority, we did these things to speed it up."