(UPDATED 10:32 a.m.) Town Focused On Widening Efforts

Southington will need to keep laser focus on clearing roads before more winter weather threatens to bring snow Wednesday into Thursday.

UPDATED 10:32 a.m.
The Parks and Recreation Department has cancelled all activities for tonight, according to director David Lapreay. Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback also released the following:

  • Widening ops began today at 8 a.m.
  • The remaining 20 percent of the main arteries will be completed today.
  • We started in the largest subdivisions today to get the most progress in the shortest time.
  • Crews have been instructed to move all refuse containers as they proceed to lessen resident inconvenience.
  • Crews have been instructed to provide two – way traffic in these areas and to achieve this by making one pass in each direction so that multiple trips can be eliminated thereby lessening resident inconvenience and workload.
  • Key catch basins in these areas will be located and exposed in the near future to allow for rainfall.
  • Parking lot restoration is in the planning stages for later this week or weekend. This may be affected by forecasted adverse weather.

It seems Mother Nature is not quite finished with winter just yet and time will become of the essence as Southington officials look to widen and clear all roads of snow from Friday's blizzard before more potentially falls later in the week.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of snow Wednesday into Thursday, but it won’t be another blizzard. Still, the threat of any snow - even a couple inches - could cause problems for the town if snow removal from the previous storm is not yet complete.

Despite freezing rains slowing efforts on Monday morning, Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the town has been able to make good headway and finished widening of the town’s main roads before calling it quits Monday night.

“After spending the last 72 hours cutting emergency access lanes through every road and subdivision in town, town crews have transitioned to widening all routes for traffic safety,” he said. “We have completed most of the main roads and are now working on secondary roads and subdivisions.”

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But efforts may not come without some frustration to Southington residents, Brumback warned. In some areas, road widening will involve relocating five to eight feet of snow. It’s time consuming and will require patience from homeowners, he said.

Brumback released the following on Monday evening:

The purpose of this update is to inform the public that we have reached the next challenging step in the cleanup process after (the Feb. 8 blizzard.)

In many cases, mailboxes and storm drains remain inaccessible, and it is still difficult in some places for school buses to pass by big cars and trucks. Our initial push for emergency access necessarily left as much as 5-8 feet of unplowed snow on some roadways. The widening process now requires us to push that snow off to the side.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but you should be prepared for two things as we continue:

1. Your driveway will probably get snowed in again as crews continue plowing 

2. Because of the wetness of the snow, it will probably be more difficult to clear than it was the first time.

Town staff will do their very best to limit your inconvenience; however, we will not be able to eliminate it. We do not have the option of pushing back the snow and clearing private driveways.  This would take a level of manpower we do not have and add weeks to the recovery process.

It will, therefore, remain the responsibility of individual homeowners to clear their own driveways, and please keep in mind that it may take multiple passes by town plows to widen all roads.

Reminder*** The requirement to clear sidewalks remains suspended until further notice.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

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Jeff February 12, 2013 at 04:18 PM
The only complaint I have is, that on two occasions we have seen town plows head down our partially one lane plowed road, with blades UP.
Hugh Cares February 12, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Mr. Brumback is from Texas. What does he know about New England snow storms?
Marie February 12, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I live in Southington but I live in Jensens Retirement community. These are all private streets and the town does nothing for us. Jensens did a great job. They plowed Friday during the storm and by Saturday morning my road was plowed. They came back Sunday with the heavy equipment to widen the roads and then came back on Mnday afternoon to do a final widening of the road. They prepared for the worst so they could handle the situation. To bad the town of Southington couldn't be more proactive. Wonder how that expensive turf is doing under all this snow.
RJ February 12, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Overall I think the town did a very poor job in this storm but I will not harp on that. Everyone seems to be giving the excuse that this is a "once in a 35 year" kind of event. When looking at the weather events of the past 2+ years (epic snowfall in January 2011, freak snowstorm in October 2011, Irene, Sandy, Nemo) we all need to understand that our climate is changing and start to prepare for events like this. Once the cleanup from Nemo is complete, the town needs to take note of what worked and what did not work and begin planning for the next major storm. If recent events are any indication, it won't be another 35 years until the next storm of this magnitude.
Moose R February 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I respectfully disagree with the party line you have put forth. It is very much like the old Bushism, "If you don't support the war, you don't support the troups." I would agree with these people, who are not saying the workers out in the trucks, the cops in the cars & the firemen in the trucks aren't doing their best. Don't lump them in with Brumback and company so you can say how disrespectful of you! It is the leadership that had hardly anyone out the night of the storm plowing roads! I live on one of the main drags in town and hardly a truck came by Friday nite/Saturday morning. In fact, I didn't see much in the way of plowing Saturday. The logic could have been that it was falling so fast you couldn't keep up with it. Well at least you could TRY so you wouldn't have whole neighborhoods buried the day after and main arteries clogged to one lane of traffic. And the wisdom of suspending the sidewalk shoveling law -- is that far-sighted. It don't get much dumber. Ask some citizen who went along with it how they like shoveling bricks today? And when's school starting? Mr. Brumback and his administrators did one LOUSY job (I respectfully add) and if we can boot Tranquillo for what amounts to a triffle and this guy gets away with orchestrating this mess, it truly shows what kind of cabal is leading the taxpayers down the well-buried garden path.


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