Mayor: ‘Significant progress’ made in clearing Newark streets

Some Newark streets are still covered in snow. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka vows to get all the streets cleaned.

Some Newark streets are still covered in snow. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka vows to get all the streets cleaned. (1/27/16)

NEWARK - Kids in New Jersey's largest city are going back to school Wednesday a day after the mayor said the city has made "significant progress" in clearing city streets of snow following a major blizzard.

Speaking Tuesday at a news conference, Mayor Ras Baraka said the city had resolved more than 600 citizen complaints for snow removal. He said crews also removed nearly 150 disabled vehicles that were stalling cleanup efforts.

The storm dumped nearly 30 inches on the city over the weekend. And residents said numerous side streets had not been cleared as of early Tuesday morning.

Baraka said some of the snow removal delays were caused by people going out during the storm and abandoning cars in the streets.

He also cited the storm's intensity and Newark having to compete with other municipalities for resources.

Baraka announced Monday that the state Department of Transportation would step in to help with the cleanup.

The city says any residents who wish to report a street that needs attention should call the Office of Emergency Management at 973-877-9260.

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