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In their third snow-based press conference in as many days, York City officials announced Wednesday morning they had more or less wrapped up the original plowing phase of the snow cleanup, and were moving on to widening the roads and removing snow.

"Tonight we will start hauling snow," said York City Public Works Director Jim Gross, who, as he had the previous two days, spoke at a news conference along with Mayor Kim Bracey and emergency management coordinator Michael Shanabrook about the city's snow-removal efforts.

They are starting on West Philadelphia Street between Carlisle Avenue and North Pershing Avenue, Gross said; that section will be shut down while they do so. After that, they'll move onto other parts of the snow emergency routes through the city, he said.

This and widening the roads is what the city's focusing on next.

Bracey asked that people take care on the roads, which are still slick in parts, and often tight, to the point where sometimes they're just one lane in some places where they normally aren't. She said she's seeing people driving with little regard for this.

"You can see 'em speeding about," she said.

York City Schools were closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and will open Thursday after a two-hour delay. Bracey said she was concerned about kids unable to walk on sidewalks coming to and from school when the schools do reopen.

"We have a problem with vehicular traffic when there isn't any snow, so things will be dicey," she said.

Anyone with concerns can call the "highway hotline" at 849-2228, Gross said, and talk to the public works department. He gave a shout-out to Cassie Wile, who's been the one answering the oft-ringing phones, as someone who's worked hard and shown a great deal of patience.

"She is a saint," Gross said.

The officials reiterated the snow emergency will remain in effect until Friday; during that time, no one's allowed to park on the snow emergency routes, and there will be no trash collection. The city's garages will be open free of charge until 7 a.m. Monday. and the city will not enforce snow-removal ordinances, such as the one mandating that property owners have to have sidewalks clear, until then, also.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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