Newest Challenge: Blocked Driveways

As plows neared completion of a first pass through all city streets, dispatchers faced a new complaint Tuesday: My driveway is full of snow.

The city began to get calls Tuesday from people who had plowed out their driveways, only to see them filled back with snow by the city’s removal crews. Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts said some piling up is inevitable because plows need momentum to get through the streets.

Smuts said residents are going to have to take care of an average pile—three feet or so—themselves. But in the rare case of, say, an 8-foot wall dumped by a payloader, Smut suggested calling the city at 203-946-8221 and “we’ll see what we can do.”

Mayor John DeStefano said the new goal is to have downtown open Wednesday and public schools open Thursday.

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posted by: streever on February 12, 2013  12:10pm

Residents demanded faster and quicker plowing.
Now they demand more careful plowing from guys who didn’t work 24 hour shifts and who were hopping out of payloaders to take care of individual piles and cars that had been plowed in.

At some point, I really think people have to stop monday morning quarterbacking this one in the middle of the disaster.

Can we all agree to keep quiet about kvetching and focus on the proactive and possible? We can critique and tear apart the city after the job is done.

I assure you that the 1000 people who woke up wearing cranky pants today and flooded the city with irate yelling phone calls did not help anything get done any quicker.

posted by: RHeerema on February 12, 2013  12:24pm

Thank you to everyone working so hard to clean up this city!  I say a blessing to every plow truck, pay loader, fire truck, cop car, etc., that I see pass by my home.

posted by: Walt on February 12, 2013  12:59pm

You are right Streever,  although 10 minutes after I sent a polite note to the Hamden Help Desk.asking if my street had been forgotten, a payloader showed up.

Coincidence or great service? I don’t know

Loader   cleared a   single lane. and dumped all loads in a pile BETWEEN,  not IN,  driveways which had been already cleared by the owners.

Now that we have one lane open I assume they will be back when they can

Nice touch, I thought

Worst storm I have ever seen, and apparently Hamden , tied with Milford for excess snow at 40 inches

posted by: WestvilleAdvocate on February 12, 2013  1:04pm

I have not had kind words to say about our city government during my time as a resident in New Haven but I will say that I congratulate DeStefano and his team for a remarkable job.  I am surprised to see myself even type this but I think New Haven did a phenomenal job.  Look at Bridgeport.  I am very thankful for all of the efforts.  Keep up the good work.

posted by: Greg-Morehead on February 12, 2013  1:39pm

This is to all of our NICE Alderman/woman that get on WTNH and say that its NOT bad out here…
You are sooo out of touch with your constituents, its not funny.  How can you form your mouth to say that and numerous streets haven’t been plowed, seniors are stuck in their apts and no one can shovel them out, people with disabilities are getting stuck in the snow in their wheelchairs.  COME ON!
Please don’t make statements like this UNLESS you have been out in the neighborhood, been to the senior buildings, checked in with the managers of low income complexes to make sure they are OK, not worried about you and your IMMEDIATE surroundings, helped shovel people that have disabilities out of the snow, went to KNOWN senior apts and asked if you can help them.
I’m sorry to go off on a rant and this has NOTHING to do with the job that the workers in the city are doing, but everything to do with our so-called Alderman/woman making untrue statements on local TV that, its not bad out here!  Come from under your plush pillow and help others get out from this mess out here..

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on February 12, 2013  2:11pm

The city should be fine for dumping snow in peoples driveway.

posted by: Noteworthy on February 12, 2013  2:11pm

Plowing snow by necessity will leave snow in your driveway. That anybody expects the city to clean your driveway, just because you have already cleaned it is patently absurd. Government’s job is to clean the streets. It is your responsibility to clean your driveway and sidewalk. AND MOVE YOUR FREAKING CARS OFF THE STREET! What good does it do to shovel your car out of a space you never should have been in, only to put it back in the same spot???? People need to get a grip and some common sense.

posted by: Nathan on February 12, 2013  3:20pm

The city needs a clear, consistent alternate side parking policy for all streets, which would facilitate snow cleanup dramatically.  The existing parking locations run by the city should be supplemented by agreements with private lots and/or retailers to enable reasonably close parking for residents impacted by alternate side parking requirements.  Then, the city needs to publish this information consistently so that all residents know and expect this plan.  Only then will cleanup after these storms become faster.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on February 14, 2013  9:03am

posted by: Noteworthy on February 12, 2013 1:11pm

Plowing snow by necessity will leave snow in your driveway.

B.S. We are talking about dumping snow in peoples driveways.I saw this.They are also doing this in west haven.You say MOVE YOUR FREAKING CARS OFF THE STREET! How do you do this if they keep dumping snow in your driveway.If you can fine me for pushing snow in the street,Then the city should be fine for dumping snow in peoples driveways.

P.S.My bad forgot about the car haters.Notice that.