Not a Holiday Weekend for Plow Drivers

Fenty focusing on Tuesday's commute

By Teneille Gibson
|  Sunday, Feb 14, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Not a Holiday Weekend for Plow Drivers

Mayor Adrian Fenty is plowing the streets to avoid a commuter nightmare on Tuesday.

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Since this is a holiday weekend, Mayor Adrian Fenty has set his sights on the Tuesday morning commute. He’s trying to clear major roads so that drivers won’t face another nightmare commute like many did Friday.

Today, snow crews are plowing in Georgetown to clear more snow from M Street. The District Department of Transportation sent an advisory out to warn drivers not to park on M Street, and asking those who are currently parked there to move their cars.

NBC's Tom Costello recently asked Fenty about his snow removal strategy. Fenty, who is struggling with low approval ratings, understands that some residents are out of patience. "I live in DC, I drive around, I see the problems," he said. "I've been focused on snow operations more than snow politics. That has kept me very busy and it’s kept my feet to the fire."

Political analysts say a bad storm can be a defining moment for a political figure.
 

New York Mayor John Lindsay nearly lost his job after a blizzard in 1969. Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic and Denver Mayor Bill McNichols were voted out for handling their city’s response to a blizzard poorly.
 

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