Snow, 85,000,000,000: Lukey, 2

So the big story in Pittsburgh today, other than the fact that there will be snow porn happening over our city any minute now (God bless Big Bob for coining the term “snow sex”), coating the roads with anywhere from 6-12 inches of new snow, is that there are STILL some roads in the city that have not seen a plow or a salt truck four days after the storm that dumped 21 inches of snow on the ground.

This has, understandably, angered lots of stranded Burghers.  I live in a suburb and my streets are so dry they could use some lotion, so I feel for you guys who are dealing with roads coated with snow that is now packed down into five inches of solid ice.

But I have good news for you!

That’s right, Lukey took matters into his own hands and rode around on a plow truck, because in case you didn’t know, plow trucks drive faster, hit more streets, spew more salt, and are generally more kickass when the mayor is on board.

(h/t Tim Hindes)

Fo’ real. Snoop Dogg and Hizzoner Mastah Lukey up in da hizzle, showin’ dis snow whoz da bossizzle, you know wha I’m sayin’?

[throws signs]


  1. Sooska
    February 9, 2010 11:14 am

    You would think all the heat Lukey is getting would melt all the snow.

    I actually saw a comment at Channel’s 4’s Live Wire feed where some woman blamed Luke for Dormont’s roads still being snow covered and untreated. *eye roll* People know who to blame, but don’t know who they voted for.

  2. bucdaddy
    February 9, 2010 11:15 am

    Beer supply holding out, spoon? Glad I laid in a case of Yuengling tall boys AND a case of Great Lakes Christmas Ale (yum!). So I’m good through … uh, the weekend.

  3. SpudMom
    February 9, 2010 11:25 am

    I keep wondering how many babies Magee is going to be overrun with about 9 months from now….

    October is going to be a busy month.

  4. Izzy
    February 9, 2010 11:27 am

    Can anyone make a state store run for me? No wine since Saturday. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Plenty of milk, bread and tp………what was I thinking??????

  5. Elmer Fudd
    February 9, 2010 11:29 am

    I used to drive a plow truck..Kids LOVE riding in plow trucks..

  6. Elmer Fudd
    February 9, 2010 11:41 am

    Ya know, It was like one year ago today the Steelers came home and we had a victory parade for them downtown..I wonder if Lukey was riding in the plow truck with a video camera in has hand like the little asshole did in the Steelers parade?

  7. Steverino
    February 9, 2010 12:12 pm

    Lil’ Luke was out with his frat boy friends partying at Hidden Valley Friday night while the storm was hitting. There is no excuse for the city’s major arteries to be slabs of ice with ruts and potholes. Fifth Avenue through Oakland and Shadyside is one lane in each direction! Other major streets are a dangerous icy mess.

    They say that mayors can lose an election over snow removal. Too bad Lil’ Luke was just elected. He’s toast next time, cause people will remember this.

  8. Matt
    February 9, 2010 12:16 pm

    I still have yet to see a plow go down my street and I live in Carnegie. I fully don’t expect to see one until the end of next week sometime.

  9. Scott
    February 9, 2010 12:32 pm

    Kudos to the O’Hara Township road crews who, as usual, were on point as fast as humanly possible Friday night/Saturday morning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven home from other parts of the city/suburbs over snow-covered roads, only to find the streets totally clear as soon as I enter O’Hara. I guess we’ve got it pretty good.

  10. Joe K.
    February 9, 2010 12:44 pm

    I sometimes wonder what is reasonable to expect. Some streets in the city are so narrow with cars parked on either side that I wonder how it would even be possible to plow. It might actually be easier to plow in the ‘burbs becuase there’s no one parked on the road.

  11. red pen mama
    February 9, 2010 1:17 pm

    I, too, live in the ‘burbs, and most of the streets are fine, some of the streets still suck, and my in-laws and Hubby + I had to pay someone $250 to plow our shared (long) driveway. Wonder how much they’ll charge us to come back and do it again tomorrow.

  12. hello haha narf
    February 9, 2010 1:34 pm

    city of pittsburgh resident here. have not yet seen a snow plow on my street, nor the cross street. (but the street parallel to me is bone dry.) every day i twitpic a photo of the foot + of snow in the street to @mayorluke, but he so doesn’t care. most residents haven’t left home, i use my massive suv to muscle my way out and back home. ridiculous.

  13. SpudMom
    February 9, 2010 1:36 pm

    @Scott – Ohara is great – except for Freeport Rd. I was down there yesterday and it was a mess of three inch this ice pack/slush/occasional actual road surface. It was completely ridiculous.

  14. SpudMom
    February 9, 2010 1:37 pm

    Sorry. I can’t proofread. “three inch thick ice pack”

  15. Cassie
    February 9, 2010 1:40 pm

    We live in Indiana Twp. and they’re pretty good about plowing the roads. I was shocked as hell that even the dreaded Rich Hill Road was paved. That seriously boggles the mind. Sure, they won’t pave it, but they’ll keep it nicely plowed so we don’t forget about the craters in the ground…

    Any who, I know up in Mt. Washington if you’re lucky enough to get your car out of your space you won’t get much further than that. Duquesne Incline anyone?

  16. Little Miss Misha
    February 9, 2010 1:52 pm

    @ Scott, I second that. O’Hara has been amazing with the snow removal. Where I’m at has mostly on-street parking, and as I was helping my neighbors shovel out parking spots the plow guys made sure not to plow snow into where I had just shoveled. I’m very pleased with their quick response.

    I just wish I could say the same for Etna or Sharpsburg… making it to and from work has been an adventure, to say the absolute least.

  17. Beatrice
    February 9, 2010 1:59 pm

    I am thinking along the same lines as Joe K. In the South Side, if my street was plowed, all the snow that took a good 3 hours to get off of my car would be piled and smooshed right back onto it. It sure is a mess down here, but it’s a tight space with 20+ inches of snow…where does everyone expect the plows to put it?!

  18. bluzdude
    February 9, 2010 2:01 pm

    The snow (Round 2) just started here in Baltimore. I was out at the store to see if they had any shovels left. (they didn’t) They did, however, have beer, so the trip wasn’t a total loss.

  19. spoon
    February 9, 2010 2:02 pm

    @bucdaddy – actually its not. I have to tap into some of the ones I’m aging shortly.

    We’re about to have a total breakdown of our kitchen. Ceiling is falling in from the weight of the snow, paint is bubbling up and the landlord wont return calls to the “emergency line”. Oh yeah and he just plowed in our steps and left.

  20. Scott
    February 9, 2010 2:29 pm


    Freeport Road is actually within Pittsburgh city limits. Because of the water treatment plant, that stretch of Freeport, and the Waterworks shopping complex, are City of Pittsburgh. Always has been.

  21. LH
    February 9, 2010 3:00 pm

    I love how the background of the Snoop/Lukey pic says “Mission Accomplished”… obviously it is not the war against snow!

  22. PA Girl in VA
    February 9, 2010 3:18 pm

    We got 2″ of snow here on Saturday and it was all gone by Sunday. Oddly enough, we former Northerners complain about that ’round here! I wish all y’all good luck with the snow – I’ve got plenty of relatives who are still snowed in in PGH & Philly.

  23. OldNorthSider
    February 9, 2010 3:26 pm

    Seems like Lukey was outflanked in his War on Snow declared in 2008. Instead of leading the snow removal battle, he was partying with family & friends. Do we really think he was celebrating his 30th birthday with his mom, dad & little Coop? I am wagering he was pounding the case of Yuengling tall boys with bucdaddy, his bodyguards, and his party-hearty brothers.

  24. Jen
    February 9, 2010 4:07 pm

    If Luke were the captain of the Titanic, he’d be wearing a dress and elbowing his way into the first lifeboat.

    from today’s Trib:

    “The streets in front of Ravenstahl’s home — as well as his brother’s house, where he is staying — were cleared of snow and salted yesterday morning. The road in front of Onorato’s Brighton Heights home was snow-covered and treacherous.

    “I need to be out and about,” Ravenstahl said. “For that reason my street has been cleared.””

  25. SpudMom
    February 9, 2010 4:13 pm

    @Scott – not the Aspinwall portion. Yes, the stuff around Waterworks is. But the rest of it? not so much.

  26. bucdaddy
    February 9, 2010 5:19 pm


    Never fear, I’m sending my trusty St. Bernard through the snow with emergency rations of Dogfish Head 90. It might take him awhile to get there, though, I taught him to drive the beer truck just yesterday.

  27. toni
    February 9, 2010 5:20 pm

    i beleive now that private snow removal firms are going to be called in?…if i were a private, snow removal guy or gal…i would charge the city triple for my services…and we’re fools to think that’s not gonna happen…the bills for the “private help” are going to be astronomical!

  28. Matt
    February 9, 2010 8:16 pm

    I’m in Washington DC, and the one good thing that will come of this snow event is to shut up all my upstate New York colleagues, who have taunted me for years about how wimpy we are. It never occurs to them that DC has 5.3 million people in a relatively compact space while Syracuse has a university and five dairy farms. Even upstaters can’t cope well with three feet of snow in four days

  29. KD
    February 9, 2010 11:15 pm

    I would agree that yes, city streets are more to deal with than any suburban street, but seriously, 5th Avenue (through Shadyside) until today WAS TREACHEROUS. South Aiken a quagmire. And, I am talking streets that lead to major hospitals. I’m lucky that living in Shadyside I have access to walk everywhere I need (including Wine and Spirits), but not everyone in the city is so accessible to everything. If I had to drive to get anything, I’d be out. No way my car could get anywhere without hurting something. Mayor Lukey, just admit that the city screwed up and you plan to have a SNOW SUMMIT with the Erie Mayor to learn how a city should handle snow removal.

  30. NeedsaPlow
    February 9, 2010 11:48 pm

    Sharpsburg is THE PITS. They were in a spot today doing something only heaven knows, when I came home from work that was the exact spot they were in yesterday when I came home. A full 24 hours and no progress made that I can see. The majority of the streets have not been touched, including mine.

  31. bucdaddy
    February 10, 2010 12:05 am

    Buncha whiners. I had to cross the border on Monday and the secondary roads in Greene County — GREENE COUNTY! — were in better shape than the main roads in Morgantown. Like I knew they would be.

  32. Little Miss Misha
    February 10, 2010 1:00 am

    @ NeedsaPlow, I came home from work tonight at 11:30 p.m. and Sharpsburg is dismal at best. I don’t know what they’ve actually been doing since Friday afternoon, but snow removal is apparently not it. I feel bad for anyone traveling through there who doesn’t have a four wheel drive vehicle, because it’s not going to happen if they’re on a side street.

  33. cmandcorto
    February 10, 2010 2:12 pm

    Has anybody calculated the ratio of snow plow trucks to streets in the entire City of Pittsburgh, vs. the ratio of snow plow trucks to streets in the tiny little boroughs in the suburbs?? Calm down, do your laundry, reorganize your junk drawer, relax, Mother Nature has given you free pass, take advantage of it!