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Snow plowing poor

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Jan 27, 2014 - 2:50 PM |
I don’t know who directs the snowplow operators. I know little about how much snow must fall before our city plows are activated. I am also unaware as to who has the contract to keep our roads snow clean. But there are several things of which I am fully cognisant.

Along Danforth Avenue, we have seldom seen such poor plowing service. Plows generally arrive one or two days after the snowfall, when most of the snowfall has been packed tightly by the local traffic.

One exception to this routine was the January thaw a few days ago. The plow passed along Danforth twice within eight hours. This passage created ruts in the road which resembled spring potholes.

Some of these holes were as deep as six inches, quite irregular in shape and very difficult to maneuver and navigate with our vehicles.

Traffic was slowed to a crawl through this maze of holes along Danforth for fear that our vehicles would either get lost in one of the potholes, or that the vehicle would break or crack either a spring or a front end ball joint.

The plows do not appear to have both plows synchronized. Therefore, the removal of snow along Danforth appears shoddy and irregular.

Consequently, much snow remains on Danforth after the plow has passed instead of along the curb or ditch.

It is only mid to late January. Why must we endure another six to eight weeks of this poor service? Surely there is time for council, supervisors and operators to re examine their approach to snow removal and the make some honest effort to improve what appears to be a futile effort to keep our streets plowed adequately.

One final comment to the rest of the city homeowners who share my frustration: please complain to council and city staff if your experience is similar.

Vasco Piccinin
Greater Sudbury

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