How Would You Rate Medford’s Plowing During This Winter’s First Snowstorm?

Is the city off to a good start this winter?

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Now that this winter’s first snowstorm is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how the city’s plows handled the more than half foot of snow that fell Saturday night.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below.

E.M.O December 15, 2013 at 06:33 PM
not bad but they could have sanded, my street is like an ice rink
Kathy Barrett- Pitcher December 15, 2013 at 06:47 PM
no sanding on my street and the two streets down by mother. the main road are fine side road are horrible
Jennifer Toto December 15, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I agree with the above. Plowing not bad, but more sanding is desperately needed
Joanna K December 15, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Absolutely agree! Happy with the plowing (to the extent possible, although there is a good inch of ice left on the road) but we are desperate for some sanding over on Buzzell Lane!
Katie Loyd December 15, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Is the snow emergency over?
susan constantino December 15, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I haven't been off my street, but I know my street also needs sanding big time, and my daughter states the main roads do to.
José December 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Can use some more sand on Woodbine Road. Grateful for the plowing that was done but whoever did itmust have been in a serious hurry. Sidewalks that were shoveled during the night were covered by the plows like never before. It has never been as bad as it was this morning.
Jean Diskin December 16, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Pretty sad when I drive to work today, and Mystic Ave isn't down to pavement yet. So you know most of the main streets aren't either. Definitely could have used a lot more sanding!
Jerry B December 16, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Drop the blades down all the way & put down sand. Side roads are terrible.
Dina Smith December 16, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Plowing on my side street was as good as it ever is...Would have been better if some of the neighbors had parked on the proper side of the street - AND/OR been ticketed so they won't do it again.
Diana C. December 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Sand please!
Keith December 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM
I wouldn't say the roads in Medford are any different than Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, or any of the other towns I drove through this weekend. But I would say that whatever particular mix of freezing and thawing this storm brought made it extra difficult to remove snow. I haven't seen a decently shoveled/ice-free sidewalk yet, and I'm very glad I'm in relatively good shape—I wouldn't be surprised if people who have difficulty with walking or balance end up homebound regardless of where they live in New England...
Matt December 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Wait, Medford plowed...? KIDDING! But living in West Medford, when I drive over the border to Winchester, it's like night and day. Why can't we contract with whomever does THEIR snow removal? (And I get it, Medford has more cramped, difficult side streets. But when you're driving down High Street, and can see where Medford ends and Winchester begins based on the snow line... well, that's a little sad.
Lisa December 16, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Absoultely awful. Ice everywhere, no sanding done.
Matt December 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM
I don't know how they do it, what the plan is. But do they not come by and continue plowing AFTER the snow is finished? I just drove home now, some 40-odd hours after the storm finished, and there are some side roads that look as if they were plowed early, and never again. It's only clear(ish) where people's tires have made tracks. Uh, what?? Who is auditing these snow removal contractors?? Anyone??
stevieB December 17, 2013 at 02:46 AM
They take their time...told to draw it out so they can deplete the budget so they can for more..my buddy gets 78 bucks an hour..I asked him how long he actually plows..said about 50 percent of time...He said his boss said and I quote "don't do too good a job Bc that's what they will always expect" .. the more people complain the easier it will be to get more money.


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