Blizzard Clean Up: Street By Street, City DPW Is Getting The Job Done

Sunday…10 February 2013… Noon

Department of Public Works crew uses heavy equipment  to free a plow truck on Brighton Street at  mid day on Sunday

Department of Public Works crew uses heavy equipment to free a plow truck on Brighton Street at mid day on Sunday

The path is cleared for plow to make its pass on Brighton Street -- a scene going on throughout the city on Sunday afternoon.

The path is cleared for plow to make its pass on Brighton Street — a scene going on throughout the city on Sunday afternoon.

DPW Plow Truck at Brighton Street and Roxbury Road

DPW Plow Truck at Brighton Street and Roxbury Road

Saturday 9 pm Post from http://nbpoliticus.blogspot.com

Digging Out Slowed By Storm Intensity, Accumulation

The storm that moved into the city at mid day on Friday dumped upwards of 27 inches of drifting snow. It will likely take two to three days to get streets back to normal in cities such as New Britain and Hartford.By 9 p.m. Saturday many residential side streets remained unplowed as crews labored to get major thoroughfares cleared for emergencies and public safety responses.The intensity of the storm and Friday night blizzard conditions forced crews off the roads disrupting a normal schedule of snow clearance that occurs with less severe storms.  Public and private crews have been working all day Saturday and will continue through the night to make all streets passable by some time Sunday, officials said.

“You can’t even quantify how bad it is out here,” said one private plow operator about the situation in New Britain. “Take the 2011 storms and triple it. I’ve been stuck in the truck 10 times. There are places I can’t even do with the truck. There is just too much to plow.”

In an update Mayor O’Brien said that all streets should be clear by Sunday:

“In New Britain, city crews have been working around the clock, under difficult conditions, since during the storm, to clear the snow. As of right now, it looks like city streets will be opened by snowplows sometime tomorrow (Sunday).
With the massive amount of snow, the clearing has been tough and slow-going. To get the city up and running, the city has been clearing the major roads first and working to the neighborhood streets.
The job is so large because of the historic snowfall that the city workers actually have to use pay loaders in addition to plows to clear the large amount of snow. And because there is so much snow to be removed, it is going to take time to completely clear the streets. It is a tough job, given how severe this storm was, and other cities and towns are experiencing similar challenges.”

A pristine Brighton Street near CCSU in the Belvedere neighborhood was among many secondary roads that were still waiting for street plows late Saturday night.  Friday’s blizzard forced crews off the roads for a time during the storm. 

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