The Norman Transcript


December 24, 2013

City crews work to clear streets blocked by ice-storm debris



“Next week we’re going to be getting into our park sites,” Ulch said. “We looked 23 park sites today, and we estimated 700 cubic yards of debris.”

According to city staff reports, the central area of Norman from Interstate 35 east to 24th Avenue Northeast and between Robinson Street and State Highway 9 received the most damage.

Some of Norman’s older, more established neighborhoods and historic areas received some of the heaviest damage.

“What’s generally referred to as core Norman, especially around the university area, was the hardest hit within Norman,” City Manager Steve Lewis said. “A similar area was hard hit in 2007 as well.”

Only residential properties are eligible for debris removal. The city is asking residents not to put debris near water meter vaults, fire hydrants, any other above-ground utility, mailboxes, or poly carts.

Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection. Crews will work from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week until work is completed.

Residents may experience increased traffic, temporary road closures or delays on some streets where these contractors are working, according to city staff reports. Contractors will have flag persons and signage displayed to alert motorists. The last debris pickup will be Jan. 20.

Debris removal will include residential vegetative debris. Construction debris, trash and other non-vegetative waste will not be picked up. Parked vehicles should be moved from the street when the contractor is working in the area.

The storm-damaged limbs, branches and shrubbery should be cut in 8-foot to 12-foot lengths and stacked in piles along the right-of-way within five feet of the curb or edge of roadway.

In rural areas, city crews will clear and remove vegetative debris that is located within the city rights-of-way which is generally 15 feet behind the paving or outside any fenced areas adjacent to road ways. Residents are asked to not remove additional debris from adjacent properties into the right-of-way.

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