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Vavrek: All of Monroe's Roads Are Passable

Though Monroe's roads are open, many employees from surrounding towns cannot make it to work, leading to a number of closings for Monday.

A blizzard buried the town on Friday, but many hours of plowing and a few broken down trucks later, Highway Department crews made all of Monroe's roads passable, according to First Selectman Steve Vavrek.

Since 2 p.m. on Sunday, he said 100% of the roads had become passable for emergency vehicles with most to the full extent.

"I'm very proud of our DPW for getting the roads open," Vavrek said Sunday night. "These guys did a great job getting things up and running," he added of the maintenance on trucks that broke down during the effort. "I just give credit to our DPW."

However, due to the continued struggle in surrounding towns to clear roadways, Vavrek said a number of town and Board of Education employees are unable to make it to work.

Earlier on Sunday, Supt. of Schools James Agostine announced the closing of schools for Monday and the first selectman added other closings, including Monroe Town Hall offices, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Monroe Senior Center.

Vavrek sent out an email at 8:47 p.m. on Sunday to say his budget presentation is still on for Monday night in the Masuk High School media center at 6:30.

The first selectman asks residents to drive safely and to be considerate of their neighbors while clearing their driveways.

"Please don't plow your driveways into the road — and everybody keep safe," Vavrek said. "There are still some sight-line issues and we're trying to get those done ASAP."

Big Boy February 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Great job Monroe DPW! Had no problem getting out and about when I had to. Thanks to all involved in the blizzard clean up.
QWERTY February 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Countless friends and family out of town were trapped for at least 24-48 hours in their homes. Our street was accessible within hours, great job.
Mary Ellen February 12, 2013 at 03:11 AM
So, if Monroe DPW can clear all our streets so quickly and efficiently, then what is the problem with all these other towns?
Annie N February 12, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I agree, Monroe DPW has done well, especially compared to our neighboring towns, but the job isn't over. Many side streets still need 6feet or more of snow removed. I hoped to see plows out today but didn't in our area or while running errands. I hope they get this finished up soon, my husband mentioned a new storm possibly hitting this weekend.
Walt February 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM
There's no cars parked on the roads

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