How Would You Rate Woburn’s Plowing During the Blizzard of 2013?

Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the city 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 2 feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday.

Patch editor Rich Hosford went out around the down town area. The roads off of Main Street and Winn Street looked mostly clear, but some of the side roads were still caked with snow Sunday afternoon.

What do you think? How are things in your neighborhood?

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.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Cyndi February 11, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I too think the City of Woburn did a good job considering the size of this storm. I say a B as well. I live on the corner of Bedford Rd and the sidewalks have already been done and the streets look pretty good. Those giving the City a D should take a drive over to Arlington. The streets were still nearly impassable yesterday. This was no small task and I think in general Woburn does a very good job, especially compared to many other towns and cities.
Jen Ermini February 11, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I'd give them a B let's face it guys. It's not an easy job and while those drivers are running on fumes and cheap coffee while we're inside our homes or with company. These guys work crazy hours and don't stop. There's only so much they can do with so much snow coming down.
Fallon Woodbury February 11, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I give them an A. My street and the streets around were well plowed. I drove Sat night to get dinner and once you got into surrounding towns you could notice a major difference. I've always thought that Woburn does a great job with plowing.
Pat February 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
F my street is not done
steven February 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
C- for me. There are entire lanes that were only 50% plowed. I understand that snow blows back over etc, but why isn't a system in place to get the main stuff one day and cleaup duty the next instead of having people out there for 8 hours straight, getting tired of doing the roads, and doing a half assed job?
steven February 11, 2013 at 01:57 PM
HOWEVER i have to add one thing...other towns are FAR worse. Burlington missed ENTIRE lanes and Waltham is a mess beyond belief. I dont want to grade Woburn in comparison to other towns, I want to grade on my town on its own so im giving it a C-. Most other towns an F from what i've seen.
Geraldine Kehoe February 11, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The plowing down by the Pond was terrible. They came by a couple of times early in the evening and then nothing until the wee hours of the morning. We had ALL the cars off the road but they still basically only plowed one side of the street. Luckily our neighbor has a plow and was able to widen the road a little. But one end is so narrow that I had to wait forever this morning to get out to get to work because my neighbor was getting an heating oil delivery and there was no way anyone could get by him. So several of us that had to go to work were late because we had to wait till the truck moved. If an emergency vehicle had to get by while the delivery was in progress, they would have been out of luck as we are a dead end and that is the only way in or out.
Frank Kautz February 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Considering what we pay them for, I think that the Department of Public Works did an excellent job. They were trying to keep up with a storm that was one of the top ten since we have been keeping records, given less money, personnel, and equipment, they managed to keep the main streets passable and make sure people could get out of the side streets. Did everyone get a perfect job? No. But you are talking about crews that were working for a couple of days and are out again today. If you see a member of the Department of Public Works, take a moment and thank them. Given the size of Woburn, they did a great job. If you don't believe me, take a trip around some of the other communities, or visit my friend in CT whose street was just plowed this morning. Just enough for one car to use.
Earnhardt February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Also, yesterday the DPW was dealing with a water main break at the Woburn Rotary. so they had a lot on the plate to deal with
I love it February 11, 2013 at 04:24 PM
TERRIBLE. South Woburn is always overlooked and only gets plowed when you call and complain multiple times. Go take a look at Highland Street, Conn Street, Mt. Pleasant Street.....you will be driving on 3-6 inches of snow. Also, Franklin Street, Plympton Street and Flagg Street are barely plowed and only allow for 1 car to get by. I understand during the storm, but more than 24 hours after snow stopped? Step it up
Maura B February 11, 2013 at 04:32 PM
exactly! Only part of my street was plowed--over and over again Saturday morning. And that was down near the alderman's house. A private citizen had to clear a path with his plow just to get up our street! And in the end everyone was trying to widen the street with snow blowers and shovels after the plow trucks finally came through. We have to shovel about 8 feet of street to get out of the driveway because the plows don't cut close enough. D
italianmass February 11, 2013 at 05:19 PM
West Woburn was only area done. I live in north woburn which wasnt great either . but one company I did give a A is to grant landscaping , believe they work for the city when needed and they were always around all hrs ... city of woburn trucks I didn't even see around the town. .
AerofanZ February 11, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I haven't left my house since I got home Thursday night but I can tell they made a few passes on my street, not very wide though.
B Ski February 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I was impressed with Woburn General Plowing. I live on a somewhat main street, and they were all circling like sharks to get the job done. The only downside was they plowed about 4' into the street away from my Driveway which caused me to do extra work than I should have. Driving through other towns Woburn seems to have their act together...B
C.E. Jones February 11, 2013 at 07:13 PM
My neighborhood..reed st, foster st, and munroe st...still absolutely deplorable. Please come take care of these streets! Now with the rain theyre all going to freeze up. I'm surprised and disappointed with the lack of attention this neighborhood received.
Donna Nagle February 11, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I say thank you to all the city workers who plowed all night and all day so emergency vehicles could get through.
Laurel Brown Collins February 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Same neighborhood... and agree 100%. Awful job. Maybe one pass? Huge piles of snow don't make the street safely drivable or safely walkable for kids needing to get to bus stops. I wonder if the Supt. has actually seen how awful some of these side streets are. (Highlight/lowlight was watching a city worker, during the storm in a city vehicle, plow our neighbor who was probably a friend, on taxpayer time and $). Our street is still very slushy and a mess. Even North Warren (which is busy-ish as it's a cut through) isn't done well. The main roads seemed much better. But the neighborhoods... not so much.
nancy lynch February 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
considering the size of the storm, they did okay. My street is not wide enough for 2 cars to go by each other. The mail man didn't leave any mail today because he couldn't get to the mail box. I haven't seen a plow in 2 days. They should come back and widen the streets. I live in West Woburn.
Joe February 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM
people need to realize the snow was falling quicker than it could get plowed! with more than 2 feet of snow your not going to have roads plowed right to the curb its just not gonna happen! the guys that were out there plowing for more than 27 hours straight need some rest too. while you people were in your house watching tv with your feetie pjs on these guys were out there day and night! main streets are always the main concern in any storm. they did their best with the hand they were dealt and i would like to say thank you to all the drivers for the hard work you put in over the course of the storm. good job guys!
Joe Faherty February 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I think they did a great job, and am grateful for all the hard work they did.
Walt Cassell February 12, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I have never seen snow anywhere near like this until I moved here. The most I've ever seen is maybe 3 inches a few times. So I think just the fact they they mobilized so many people and they moves so much snow, I say they did a pretty good job. I don't think they should have school tomorrow though. I don't want my kids walking on sthe street because the sidewalks are not clear,
Geraldine Kehoe February 12, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Frank, my problem is NOT with the DPW. It is with the private contractor who does my street and the rest of the Pond area. It was not a case of not being able to keep up. Like I said, they came by a couple of times early on and then we didn't hear them again. And I was up until 2:00am! And as far as the choke point, it happens every year. They don't plow that side of the street! Other years when we have had barely a few inches, I have heard them come down our street every hour!!! And they don't plow that side then, either!!! All the drivers for that company need to come down our little dead end when there is no snow and LOOK at the street!!!
C.E. Jones February 12, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Wow... that's just great that a DPW truck managed to plow out a private residence while we all just have to deal with unsafe public roads. I hope Woburn Officials read these comments and rectify the situation. The Reed Street hill that leads to Pleasant Street was so icy this morning that I slid out into Pleasant Street. Luckily nobody was driving by. Please Woburn DPW come and treat our roads. I don't even think a fire truck could pass through.
C.E. Jones February 12, 2013 at 02:32 AM
PS. I was working 16 hours plus two days straight during the storm. I was not home "wearing my feety pajamas and watching TV" and even if I was what does it matter? We all can agree that the storm brought us a lot of snow. I am not talking about the conditions of the roads the day of the storm & the day after the storm. I can see and appreciate that the City was trying to do the best job that they can so with the plowing situation. I am talking about today, Monday, 3 days after the storm and our neighborhood has still not been given any attention. All I ask is for sand, salt, plow - whatever they decide to do - to clear our neighborhood. Please keep us in mind for the next storm after all we are 2 blocks away from the City Yard.
Joanne Young February 12, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Great job on Markham. That's a huge amount of snow to move on our cul de sac. Other towns next door were horrible. Not sure about sidewalks for schools?
Joanne Young February 12, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Thank you!
Pat February 12, 2013 at 05:16 AM
I also saw a city of woburn parks dept truck plow out a driveway for someone. my street is so bad a car could not get up the hill. it took the guy 4x to make to the top
dan February 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
“Considering what we pay them” If a Public Works Department employee, who earns $50,000 a year, retires at age 65 with 30 years after contribution $150,000.00 and he collects a pensioned check and health care benefits for 15 years, the employee receives $600,000.00 in pension benefits plus cost of living increases over 15 years and approximately $150,000.00 in health care benefits plus increases. How many workers in the private sector who earn 50,000.00 will have the same retirement life style? Yes, the Department of Public Works did an excellent job. The department sent a truck up to my street to clean and “mop-up.” However, they should not have had to clean up the area because the city paid a private contractor “prevailing wages” to plow the street. Again, take a moment and thank any city employee who worked during the storm for a job well done
Earnhardt February 12, 2013 at 01:48 PM
What difference doe it make now? everyone has called the DPW, City Hall, Their Ward Alderman probably numerous times. It falls on deaf ears. The fact is that the DPW crew did an outstanding job in the face of a 30 inch blizzard. Yes, yesterday would have been the day to get out and open up the roads and sidewalks, instead they had a water line repair to handle. As for having to go around to clan up what the contractors already got paid for, I agree with Dan on that. 4 wheel drive pick-ups trying to move snow coming down at 3 inches an hour is a waste of taxpayer money. The city needs to hire contractors with a minimum 2 and 1/2 ton truck to plow for them. We end up paying twice what we should have for snow removal otherwise. I still give them a B for the job they did.
Your Realtor Janine February 18, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Criticizing is the easiest thing people can do. I think the city and all the contractors worked hard to make it happen. Woburn streets were better than the other towns. Thanks again for all the hard work and the long hours they work to keep us safe.


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