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Milford Public Works Director: 'Impossible to Tell Which Streets Have Been Completed'

75% of Milford's streets have been cleared, the plan is for all of the streets to be cleared by the end of the day.


When asked about the City of Bridgeport's website, which features a list of passable roads, Public Works Director Bruce Kolwicz said, "It's impossible to tell which streets have been completed," adding, "It's virtually impossible to tell street by street. I find it next to impossible." 

What's the Priority List?

Answering a questions about the City's priority list, Kolwicz noted that the City plows "main roads first, then tertiary roads." Kolwicz did not get into specifics about which roads had been plowed and what the priority list is for the rest of the day.

Kolwicz noted that with the three-feet of snow, Public Works had to switch to pay loaders. "By no means was this easy," Kolwicz said.

A Public Works employee has been at the phone since the storm began, Kolwicz added.

How Many Streets Are Clear?

Mayor Blake noted that 820 streets, of the City's 1,100-1,200 streets, have been cleared, approximately 75% of the total streets.

When Will All of the Streets Be Clear?

Mayor Blake noted that the goal is that "by day's end, all streets are cleared."

Check out our video of Mayor Blake speaking at the press conference in this article.

Michael Nelson February 12, 2013 at 03:00 PM
James, are you saying there are plows and front loaders there now, removing snow? Perhaps that was a staging area for plows and sanders or a place where BOE people could meet up to discuss the possibility of school continuing or deciding on canceling school? Was snow pushed aside before they cancelled school until Thursday? Maybe one plow made a few passes before ending a 12 hours shift? I mean, it could be anything. Front loaders have been called in from the state and help from places as far away as North Carolina and Missouri are joining the National Guard in helping to remove snow. FEMA is reimbursing 75% of the costs for the most expensive 48-hour period - I'm not really concerned if a parking lot was serviced before *every* (and by that, I assume your) street.
MCF February 12, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I don't want to take away from the fact that this was an epic storm but here is what I thought they would have known from the get-go: How many streets are in Milford? Who is covering what area? How much is done of that area? What is the current progress overall and what follow up is needed? How to communicate to residents. (Shelton was sending texts messages to it's residents as to where they were - this at least gave them an idea of what was going on) What is the contingency plan once the standard plan is overwhelmed? I mean no disrespect - but to say it's impossible to know isn't ok. Not being able to communicate the accurate progress because you don't know what it is also not ok. Clean may not have been much quicker but people would know what's going on, and good communication is essential. Storms Irene and Sandy were managed well, however I believe this blizzard exposed some holes in planning and readiness for snow storms which are different animals altogether. I don't claim to know everything the DPW did or planned but it appears there could be some improvement.
Cheryl Craig Smith February 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I would like to thank the plow drivers, I know that I lost my mind as of yesterday afternoon, not being able to leave my street was horrible BUT these poor drivers are dealing with 38" of snow, come on folks 38" of snow is a heck of alot to get rid of. Remember while we are at home complaining these guys are NOT at home with families. Again, thank you!!
Joe Citizen February 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Can we get a plow on Beechwood Ave before spring.Just wondering since all surrounding streets are done. Maybe at least one pass?Just thinking that maybe there is some kind of organized pattern to the plowing.Oh ...wait a minute that would require organization of some kind.Sorry My Bad
MikeS February 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Everything you list is reasonable in my estimation, Manny. The problem is lack of vision and accountability to implement them. I guarantee that the response of the DPW would be that tracking that information represents an undue burden to the drivers and dispatchers. Then you know what? Get creative. Like I said elsewhere, buy a $60 GPS unit for each truck. Then you can collect that information of who has been where with minimal effort. Once you have that information, you are home free. You can then post progress reports, track the efficiency of drivers, better plan fuel usage, and any number of benefits. But again, that would take ingenuity and a little bit of capital investment, which seem to be lacking.

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