How Would You Rate Stoneham's Plowing During the Blizzard of 2013?

Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the town handled the area’s 5th largest snowstorm in history? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Now that the snow has fallen, and started to melt, it’s your time to rate how the town’s plows handled the more than two feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below, and keep in mind, the blizzard was the 5th largest snowstorm in New England history.

Winter Storm: Stoneham Info Center

PHOTOS: Blizzard of 2013

Russ February 12, 2013 at 04:51 PM
What training / instructions do the plow drivers receive before hitting the road? Are plow drivers required to report scofflaws regarding violation of the parking regulations?
Tara February 12, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I think they did a pretty good job though the sidewalks are still a mess. Especially near MBTA bus stops there is no place to stand
Jeanne E. Craigie February 12, 2013 at 05:43 PM
All in all I think they did a good job! The DPW and Custodial staff worked very hard to clear the streets, fire hydrants and sidewalks, it was a lot of snow to move! I too agree that those that ignore the Parking Ban should be taken to task it would have made their job a lot easier if they moved those cars! Long hard hours under bad conditions!
George Costa February 12, 2013 at 09:36 PM
G costa The plow operator that did the area around Hillside rd , Glen rd and such did what I think was pretty poor. My front walk was plowed in with snow that came down from Hillside Rd right to my front walkway and was piled up pretty high. And there was no need of this happening. Had I seen it before he finished I would have made him knock it down some. I would hope in the future that the DPW has someone check on these outside plow drivers. Also Glen rd is only wide enough for one car to pass at a time.
Mark February 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Deplorable considering the driving ban. 28 is still one and a half lanes in places. Most side roads are one lane. Katherine Rd and Congress St still has snow covering it. Sidewalks are a joke.
Karen February 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I get having plows clear a single lane when the storm first hits, but why can't they come back and clear the rest of the road later? Shouldn't they be required to clear at least to where the drains are? We have 5 feet of snow (high and wide) from the sidewalk to the street. It takes forever to get the drains cleared!
Jenn C. February 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Sidewalks are a joke. Don't understand why the lower part of Elm St. has sidewalk at least on one side of the street clear but once you get past Washington St., no action has been taken? Where's the bobcat?
jb February 13, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Between the horrible mess most secondary roads were left in after "plowing" and the dangerous situations with unplowed sidewalks (people/kids walking on narrow icy roads now) and the drains and hydrants NOT being shoveld or plowed out, I honestly dont understand how people can say the job was well done. The plow operator chose to leave the roads narrow, but push in a snow bank and topple a stone wall on my property. This morning I had to drop my child off IN THE STREET and he was slipping and hanging ONTO the car trying to make his way to the crossing guard on Main St. because no sidewalks in the area are plowed. They have had days now to work on this and the sidewalks to the schools SHOULD have been cleared before the schools oipened. The kids are not SAFELY able to get there! It is a recipe for tragedy.
Patricia February 13, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I've always found our Stoneham DPW to do a great job. Coming home through other towns, we are lucky. My street is always kept in good shape. I realize on the narrower streets it's a different story but remember the amount of snow we had. To effectively clear the narrow streets and sidewalks, the snow should be removed, but I"m not sure how feasible that is. A day or two more and it will all be behind us.
mark patterson February 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM
People need to get out and shovel their neighborhood hydrants.It would benefit the homeowner whose home catches fire to have water available to the fire department.In my neighborhood we keep them shoveled every winter.This was a tremendous amount of snow and people need to be patient.Perhaps the Middlesex County Sheriff should hand the inmates a shovel,hat,coat,boots, and gloves and let them earn their sentence reductions the way they do in the summer picking up trash along the highways.To the homeowners with a hydrant nearby: get out and shovel it.The life that gets saved may be yours!
Melanie F February 15, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I was impressed during the actual storm how many plows I saw going by my house. Had I been able to get out of my own driveway, I would have been able to drive right out on the street Saturday morning. However, it did take way too long for sidewalks to get done, especially those on the way to schools. It was Thursday before the one on William Street was done and that street is way too busy for kids to be walking on the road.
Paul Condon Jr. February 17, 2013 at 06:56 PM
I am very satisfied with the dpw's response with the street plowing and salting. The sidewalks are still blocked, and is a safety issue for people who want to walk. The sidewalks need to be cleared by homeowners for everyones safety!
The Sullivans March 02, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Terrible! 2 weeks after the storm and parts of Main St were still one lane. It's now 3+ weeks later and the sidewalks by Stop n Shop are deplorable and unpassable - why!! Kids (well, all pedestrians for that matter) are walking on the street - unacceptable. Maybe daily fines would get it done.


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