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Days Before Residential Streets Can Be Cleared

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By Mana Rabiee

Transportation authorities across the Washington area say it will take days before all the snow can be cleared from residential streets.

Transportation spokespersons from D.C., Virginia and Maryland say the snow fell so fast that highway crews had to clear the same roads repeatedly.

Most area residents will not see road crews entering subdivisions or residential streets until after the snow fall stops.

"The rule of thumb that the county has for clearing the roads is that is takes, for 24 [inches] of snow, it will take about 60 hours once the snow stops to at least make a run at every single one of those 5,000 lane miles of road," says Montgomery County Department of Transportation spokesperson Esther Bowring.

A Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson also says it will take much of next week to remove all the snow and that some residents should not expect to go to work Monday.

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