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Main Elkhart thoroughfares largely clear of snow, focus moving to side streets

Elkhart's main thoroughfares are largely open and crews are getting to side streets.

Posted on Jan. 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 6, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

ELKHART — The main thoroughfares in Elkhart are largely clear of snow and road crews are increasingly turning their attention to the side streets in the city, Arvis Dawson, the assistant to Mayor Dick Moore, said Monday, Jan. 6.

The focus of snow-removal efforts has been largely on the main streets in the city, according to Dawson. Jackson Boulevard east of Johnson Street was largely cleared to the pavement Monday morning, as was Prairie Street south of Jackson Boulevard. Traffic lanes in each direction on Main Street in downtown Elkhart were open, but large piles of snow sit in the middle of the roadway.

“All the main thoroughfares are open. The side streets are starting to get there,” said Dawson. “If you want to get anywhere in Elkhart, you probably could.”

That said, Dawson advised against travel unless necessary and said the complete clearing of main thoroughfares probably won’t be done until Monday night. Side streets in the city should be cleared by Tuesday night. The pile in the middle of downtown Main Street, meanwhile, ought to be cleared overnight.

Elkhart County officials declared a snow emergency Sunday night, prohibiting travel on county-maintained roadways except for emergencies. No such declaration has been made in the city of Elkhart and Dawson noted the vaster network of roads that county crews have to clear compared to city crews.

Elkhart County officials were to meet later Monday to re-evaluate the snow emergency.

Meanwhile, Dawson said he hasn’t received any reports of dire emergencies. Some people called City Hall complaining about snow piles left along their driveways by passing plows.

“People for the most part understand,” Dawson said.

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