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"Progress Being Made" On Roads, Town Says

After ... side roads are made accessible, we will be coming back to clear the entire road width and clean up the intersections. Again, we ask your patience as we work around the clock to respond to this event.

 

This is the fourth update from the town of Madison on the Blizzard of 2013: 

 

Good afternoon.  This is your First Selectman Fillmore McPherson with the fourth update on the Blizzard of 2013, this Monday, February 11.  I thank you for your patience as we work through this historic event together.

The main thrust of the Town’s efforts has been to open the roads.  Since the start of the blizzard, the first priority has been to assist any E-911 calls, followed by any assistance needed by CL&P to help in power restoration.  The next priority has been to open the main collector and arterial roads, which were all open by Saturday night.  Included in that category were two state roads, Horsepond Road and portions of the Boston Post Road, which the State was unable to address in a timely fashion.  I should mention that by open, we mean enough access for emergency responders and for residents to get in and out.  Generally speaking, this means passable by two lanes of traffic at low speeds.

Yesterday and today, we have been working on the local roads, with a lot of progress having been made.  Our crews, made up of a combination of men and equipment from both our Public Works and outside contractors, plan to have the lion’s share of these roads open by tonight, but some will carry over until tomorrow.  If your road is still not open by tomorrow morning, please send another email to storminfo@madisonct.org, that’s s t o r m i n f o @madisonct. o r g so we can make sure we don’t miss anyone.

After these side roads are made accessible, we will be coming back to clear the entire road width and clean up the intersections.  Again, we ask your patience as we work around the clock to respond to this event.

On another matter, the Superintendent of Schools has announced that schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday.

Thank you, and good evening.

BL Davis February 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Pem: Enough with the PR. Madison residents need facts so they can plan how to manage their lives. There are hundreds of people in Madison who are still snowed in and who cannot be reached by emergency vehicles. It may come as a big surprise to you, but not every house in town is occupied by a 40 year old couple with a top-of-the-line snow blower and generator. Perhaps you could publish the order in which the Town plans to plow specific roads and neighborhoods. "Secondary" and "side' doesn't help anyone. There is such a plan at Public Works, isn't there? Does the town have a list of elderly residents, some of whom live at the end of 100 foot or longer driveways, who have no chance of walking out to a plowed road to access a senior bus if there is one.? Let's have a serious discussion about how to handle emergencies, because clearly the Town's "plan" is woefully inadequate.
Gus R. Horvath February 12, 2013 at 05:06 PM
What ever happened to the concept "an act of God"
peter vanstrum February 12, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Stop complaining and get out and help others. You sound like a spoiled little kid.
Wilson February 13, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Sorry Gus, Don't make "God's Act" sound like hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes and such. A blizzard of a mere 25-30 inches although record setting should have been something that was planned for. At least to have streets plowed some 4 days later. We knew it was going to hit for at least 7 days ahead. There is usually some sense of surprise in an "Act of God". At a minimum we could have done what so many other towns and cities did and contract before the storm with towns outside the storm area for their heavy equipment.
BL Davis February 14, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Thank you, Wilson. I hope this awful series of storms has finally taught enough of our leaders that last minute patches to the regular maintenace schedule is not a sufficient plan to keep the residents safe and the town functioning properly. It is long past time for some serious planning for public/private partnerships to develop non-recreational services (heaven knows we've got a full supply of recreational services) and maximize the quality of such services to our taxpayers. I fear a discussion will lead at best to yet another committee and another set of recommendations that is ignored. But, please, let's start to think about where Madison is headed.

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