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Posted on: November 10, 2022

City of Ithaca DPW Begins Night Shift

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City of Ithaca DPW Begins Night Shift Clearing of Leaves and Snow

The changeover from fall to winter is beginning in the City of Ithaca. The Department of Public Works Streets & Facilities Division will institute its night shift for the late fall and winter months beginning Sunday November 13th. Crews will be tasked with plowing roads during the early morning hours in the event of a snowfall or icy conditions. When the snow misses Ithaca, this overnight staffing is essential to clearing the roads of fall foliage and is a complimentary use of resources. This use of resources in removing leaves from the roadway is crucial to maintaining the stormwater system, leaves in the roadway are one of the biggest causes of localized flooding in the City of Ithaca.   

The City crews will only be clearing the leaves that have fallen into the roadway from the existing tree canopy. Residents are reminded not to rake leaves into the roadway and that yard waste pick up occurs on a regular basis from April thru December every other week opposite recycling week. This can be achieved through the use of brown bags with yard waste tags that are placed at the curb. Info on where to purchase yard waste tags can be found here.

The City DPW Streets & Facilities would like to thank the community for the support in this endeavor and apologize in advance for the nightly disruption experienced when crews are street sweeping leaves and plowing the snow.  

Questions can be directed to the Streets & Facilities Division at (607) 272-1718.

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