December 2 2019

Roads Clearing Underway but Sidewalks on Hold Due to Lack of Contractors

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW), with help from the Parks & Recreation Maintenance, is working hard to clear the snow from the first snowstorm of the season despite having less outside help than usual. 

“It went surprisingly well,” DPW Director John Sanchez said of the Sunday-to-Monday overnight snow clearing effort. “Our crews, along with the Recreation Maintenance crew, were able to clear the streets and public parking lots for the start of the day.” 

One thing residents may notice, however, is that work on sidewalks had not yet begun. Sanchez explained that Burlington, like many communities in the area, is having difficulty hiring the usual amount of contract plow drivers this year and that is affecting the operations. 

“There are fewer contractors doing plowing and that means our guys are now tied up doing work that we would have the contractors do like the school parking lots,” he explained. 

Sanchez spoke to BNEWS on Monday afternoon. At that time the town employee crews had been sent home to rest in anticipation of another night of snowfall Monday night into Tuesday morning. This means that the department will likely not get to clearing the sidewalks until Tuesday afternoon on Wednesday morning. 

“We would typically be working on them right now but we can’t because we have to let crews rest before coming back tonight,” Sanchez said. 

Finally, Sanchez said that to help with the plowing operations residents should adhere to the winter parking ban that went into effect on Sunday. They should also, if they haven’t already, move summer recreation structures like portable basketball hoops and skateboard ramps away from the side of streets. 

The Burlington Fire Department also asks that residents clear fire hydrants in their neighborhoods in case they are needed in an emergency.


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