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Drew: 100% of City Streets to be Passable by Late Sun

Dan Drew says city crews, supplemented by private contractors, have been working non-stop since Friday morning and police are strictly enforcing traffic laws to keep the streets of Middletown safe.

 

Editor's note: 9 p.m. Sunday: If you are on Facebook, you may want to check out Middletown Patch's page here. Dozens of residents are posting real-time statuses on our photos of which streets are and are not yet plowed around the city.

Update 6 p.m.

Mayor Drew announced late Sunday that he was closing city hall Monday for all but essential workers and said 100 percent of Middletown streets were expected to be cleared by late Sunday evening.

Original version

The mayor has declared that roughly 80 percent of city streets are “passable” Sunday afternoon as crews are operating at 100 percent capacity.

Mayor Dan Drew is driving around Middletown streets in the fire chief’s SUV after his city-issued Crown Victoria was buried in the snow.

“‘Passable’ means that cars can move, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be pretty. The roads are still very narrow, things are extremely clogged,” Drew says.

“We’re working as quickly and as diligently as possible,” the mayor says, but it will take a while before all city streets are sufficiently cleared. “It’s not anywhere where we want it to be and it’s going to be a while before we get to the rest.”

The mayor urges residents to stay home, especially motorists driving around just to look. “We’re asking people to stop walking on the streets,” Drew says. “Police are going to start strictly enforcing existing traffic laws because it’s too much. We just can’t have people out like this it’s actually impeded police operation at this point.”

He praises city crews for their diligence in clearing streets. Plow drivers, he says, have been working non-stop.

“No one has come off of the roads since the storm began,” Drew says. “We started plowing very early Friday morning and we continued to plow throughout the storm.”

Private contractors have been working in addition to every available public works, water and sewer, and parks and recreation crew.

Meanwhile, Middletown Patch reader Linda Heidorn offered some tips for parents who are looking for fun indoor activities for their children on Monday, when classes are cancelled.

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My Opinion February 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
You callbarely a single lane (for both directions) plowed? Mayor you'd better get your shovel out and help, because the DPW isn't up to the task!
Bob Blade February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Bob B I don't think a lot of people understand whats going on when a snow storm occur, especially one of this magnitude. Equipment that most towns have can't handle 3 ft of snow. There is over 200 miles of roads in Middletown and it takes time...a lot of time. As a veteran of the Public Works Dept of 37 yrs I have seen historic storms of all kinds. Storm Larry in "78" was bad and the crews with antiquated equipment made it through it all. I was out on the road for 4 days! The crews we have are the best in the state. People from out of town always complemented how well our streets were plowed compared to where they lived. Have patience and a little compansion for our entire city crews, may it be the fire dept, police dept, water & sewer dept and park and rec dept., emergency managenment etc. Help each other out and be kind. My street hasn't been plowed yet but the neighbors got together and snowblowed a path down the center of the road and its well appreciated by everyone. Hang in there!
Anonymous February 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Bob- I have patience for the crews- no doubt I do. But I do not have patience for a Mayor who has kept us in the dark yet can tweet photos of himself at the Obama Inauguration or other events or blow money on trips! It is the guys at the top who messed this up big time. When the Mayor finally made a statement he LIES. To all those out there who want to have this guys baby and think Drew is some kind of golden boy joke is on you.
Lou DelMastro February 12, 2013 at 05:13 AM
There still has not been a plow on Ledgebrook lane or Stable lane since Friday night. I am so disappointed when roads right behind us were done on Saturday night. Disappointing !
Lou DelMastro February 13, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Once the crews plowed us out they did a great job.

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