Saving a shoveled-out space? Move it or lose it, city says

READING, Pa. - After the snowfall comes the cleanup.

"We feel really comfortable with what got accomplished last night and into this morning," said Ralph Johnson, Reading's public works director.

Reading Public Works is trying to get the city back to functioning shape following a nor'easter that dumped up to a foot or more of snow on Berks County.

"We have a foreman out there, either is done or is out there now, reassessing intersections, making sure the corners are pushed back and the streets are wide enough," Johnson explained.

The city is also warning anyone who used a chair or other item to save a parking spot to move it or lose it.

"Probably tomorrow morning, we will start our program of coming around and removing chairs," said Johnson.

The city was also prepping for a sell-out Kevin Hart show at the Santander Arena on Penn Street in center city. Hart's fans arrived in Reading early.

"It should be a good night," said Rahean Kelley of Reading.

The fans are ready. Is the city?

"We had to prepare, one for the storm, the employees that work here, our residents in the city of Reading, and make sure the garages were free and clear for tonight's Kevin Hart show," said Tom MacDougal, executive director of the Reading Parking Authority.

The RPA said its crews worked overtime to make sure spots are open, even clearing snow from the roofs of the parking garages.

"We wanted to clear the top levels off as well as possible, especially with the warm weather and the sun hitting it, so we could have parking on the top level," said MacDougal. "If we didn't clean our top level, we probably would have lost 1,500 spaces."

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