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Milford Public Works Director: 'Impossible to Tell Which Streets Have Been Completed'

75% of Milford's streets have been cleared, the plan is for all of the streets to be cleared by the end of the day.


When asked about the City of Bridgeport's website, which features a list of passable roads, Public Works Director Bruce Kolwicz said, "It's impossible to tell which streets have been completed," adding, "It's virtually impossible to tell street by street. I find it next to impossible." 

What's the Priority List?

Answering a questions about the City's priority list, Kolwicz noted that the City plows "main roads first, then tertiary roads." Kolwicz did not get into specifics about which roads had been plowed and what the priority list is for the rest of the day.

Kolwicz noted that with the three-feet of snow, Public Works had to switch to pay loaders. "By no means was this easy," Kolwicz said.

A Public Works employee has been at the phone since the storm began, Kolwicz added.

How Many Streets Are Clear?

Mayor Blake noted that 820 streets, of the City's 1,100-1,200 streets, have been cleared, approximately 75% of the total streets.

When Will All of the Streets Be Clear?

Mayor Blake noted that the goal is that "by day's end, all streets are cleared."

Check out our video of Mayor Blake speaking at the press conference in this article.

KEN C February 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Town of Orange roads are all OPEN
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
LAM, I watched a front loader head down my street, but I don't expect the king emperor of DPW to know that. He knows his guys are out there plowing. Expecting him to know which streets are done or not done is inane. And thank god they're unsupervised. The last thing I want is to pay for a manager to sit in the plow next to the guy driving, telling him "You're DOING it wrooong!" More than half the roads were clear when you woke up this morning. You think that was because his guys were sleeping behind the barn?
Cathy B February 11, 2013 at 08:58 PM
It's NOT "impossible" to tell what streets are done. What is impossible is the level of incompetence shown by those "in charge" of the cleanup.
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Ken, that's obviously a lie. The residents of Orange should impeach a Governor or something. Maybe fire a Director of DPW. Get Obama up here 'cuz Myrtle over on Oakdale is annnnnnnn-gry!
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
"She's an *angry* elf!" - Buddy
KEN C February 11, 2013 at 09:15 PM
michael drive thur Orange and see for yourself.
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 09:20 PM
'twas a joke, Ken...
Chris Yerkes February 11, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Sounds like the words of a bureaucrat to me.
Bill G. February 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
How can he state it's impossible to know what streets have been plowed? Aren't the drivers assigned routes and wouldn't the person in charge ask for a status on how the work is progressing? Where's your plan Bruce? How are you doing against your plan? How do you manage assignments? How are you going to account for the money that is being spent? Do you know what the hired contractor's are accomplishing? Sounds like Bruce is lacking some basic knowledge of what is getting accomplished on his watch. I would expect more from him - he's the one in charge.
Dan February 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Come on people, cant you take a joke? He's talking about Milford, Michigan! or he is using the new math to get 75%
Mohawk circle February 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Mohawk circle not plowed once. Still 3 ft of snow on it! Castle lane hasn't been plowed since Friday night and is a mess. We were able to do some of it with a snow blower. Please come take care of the rest. It's preventing the entire street from going to their jobs. This needs to be done before the morning!!!
Norene February 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
This is a great idea from the borough of Woodmont: "I have set up an two email addresses for this storm. The first is urgentsnow@barrettoc.com I want to know if: You are in need of medication You are a hospital or primary care worker You have an urgent issue The second is boroughblizzard@barrettoc.com. Use this to help me and the warden monitor road status. Send your address, time, and status. (Open, closed or totally cleared.) Please do not send complaints at this time. After everything is over, we will seek public comment to evaluate the boroughs performance and make adjustments." That being said, Shell Ave. has still not been plowed once although all streets in this neighborhood/area have been.
Angela Richardson February 12, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Here's some help as of 12:25 am this is the info I have (unless people haven't kept me up to date) but a place to start: ROADS IN PROCESS OF BEING CLEARED OR STARTED BUT NOT FINISHED: Art Street Beechwood (started, but not finished) Bray Ave being plowed now Broadway (parts of) Carlson ?? Dunbar being plowed now 10:25pm Earle ?? East Ave - NOT FINISHED Easy St Elder Street Fenway South-partially cleared by residents NOT COMPLETE Foran Rd Glen St Grove Circle Honeycomb Lane Intervale Parkway- started but not finished James street - left undone - huge pile in the middle of the road Jonathan Law High School- Jones Ct & Briggs Ct Unplowed Lee Ct Lenox - started but not finished Midwood rd is partially done, the only area on Midwood rd that is not done is, area between calf pen lane to Bryan hill rd Old Country Lane Oriole Lane Pier ct Rivercliff Dr - not finished Revere Place - one pass only HALFWAY Rogers Ave Sentinel Hill Rd Shell Ave - getting plowed now Summer Place - NOT COMPLETE Verbon Court Wildwood Ave - started by not complete - residents started to clear part of the street
Angela Richardson February 12, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Here is some more info as of 12:27 am. UNPLOWED ROADS: ROADS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TOUCHED AT ALL SINCE FRIDAY - NO LANES OPEN AT ALL - UNLESS I DIDN'T GET AN UPDATE Andrus Arlmont St Beaverbrook Benneville Boothbay St Briggs Court Bristol Terrace Castle lane Canterbury lane Chatham Ave CORNFIELD RD - I believe the beginning was done by residents, but the end is not Crowley Ave Datura Ave Deerfield Ave Dunbar Rd East Avenue Ellis Street Entrance Road off of Foran Road Fern St Grand Street HAYSTACK RD-beginning done by residents but back side is not done at all Henry Albert dr - only a partial path made by residents Joanne drive Jones Court Julia Court Lower Canterbury Lane Midwood Mohawk circle Norway Street Parkway terrace Peak Ave Phelan park PIER COURT Robert Treat Dr Revere Place - Dead end not done Ray Bob Rd. Red root lane Saranac Road Shadows End Lane Tomahawk Ln Twin Oaks Terrace Utica St Wildemere ave between 8 th Ave and Ocean Wilson St
Crystal R February 12, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Would love to have Roswell street plowed since the Redwood managed to put all their snow in the road and make it even more impassable.
Crystal R February 12, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Add Roswell St. and Lincoln St.
Norene February 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Good morning.....Shell Ave has been plowed.....thank you
MCF February 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
No doubt it's been tough but his answer only reveals he doesn't have a plan and to say it's impossible suggests to me he doesn't have the skills to manage properly - that's not ok. I'm changing my tune, he deserves the criticism - get on the ball man, major fai! Mayor Blake, he is under your supervision and you need to take responsibility too! Maybe before he gets that increase Mr. Kolwicz should put together a post mortem and outline the failures plus a plan for the future. As for the guys in the trucks, thank you for all of your efforts.
jo-marie pelle February 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Why is it that the other 2 dead end streets next to mine have been plowed since Saturday and Crowley ave. hasn't been touched..This happens every time it snows.I am beginning to wonder, what the heck is going on.....
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I would say at this point if your street has not been plowed as of this morning you should call public works or mayors office and report it rather then think they are following these blogs entries.
Danielle February 12, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Yes! Wilson Street still has not been plowed as of TUESDAY MORNING at 8:30 AM! This is ridiculous. All streets should be plowed by now. It hasn't snowed since Saturday. I'm SO GLAD THAT MY TAX DOLLARS GO TOWARDS PUBLIC WORKS TO MAKE TIME AND A HALF WHILE MY STREET GETS ABANDONED. Will the city be giving us a tax credit for snow blowing part of our street with some of our neighbors in order to GET TO WORK? Ridiculous. Life goes on. This isn't 1950.
Michael Nelson February 12, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Danielle, I can understand your frustration, but your complaining on a blog site will only result in, well, you complaining on a blog site. Have you contacted DPW or do you feel better unleashing fury on facebook and patch.com? And no, this is not 1950. In fact, in the late 1970s, when we had less snow fall and much less snow drifting, it took upwards of two weeks to clear the roads. It's been 3 days since the snow stopped falling, so calm down. The plows will only come for you after one of the few front loaders come to physically pick up the snow and move it.
MikeS February 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Well said, I think there should be a variety of reviews of the planning and organization of the storm cleanup, particularly at the management levels.
James Kelly February 12, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Wildwood Avenue as well.
James Kelly February 12, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Why have some of the school parking lots been plowed, when there are a number of streets still untouched? I understand that there are certain budgets for BOE property versus city streets, but in a snow emergency, with schools closed until (at least) Thursday, can't they divert some of those resources to the impassable roads?
Michael Nelson February 12, 2013 at 03:00 PM
James, are you saying there are plows and front loaders there now, removing snow? Perhaps that was a staging area for plows and sanders or a place where BOE people could meet up to discuss the possibility of school continuing or deciding on canceling school? Was snow pushed aside before they cancelled school until Thursday? Maybe one plow made a few passes before ending a 12 hours shift? I mean, it could be anything. Front loaders have been called in from the state and help from places as far away as North Carolina and Missouri are joining the National Guard in helping to remove snow. FEMA is reimbursing 75% of the costs for the most expensive 48-hour period - I'm not really concerned if a parking lot was serviced before *every* (and by that, I assume your) street.
MCF February 12, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I don't want to take away from the fact that this was an epic storm but here is what I thought they would have known from the get-go: How many streets are in Milford? Who is covering what area? How much is done of that area? What is the current progress overall and what follow up is needed? How to communicate to residents. (Shelton was sending texts messages to it's residents as to where they were - this at least gave them an idea of what was going on) What is the contingency plan once the standard plan is overwhelmed? I mean no disrespect - but to say it's impossible to know isn't ok. Not being able to communicate the accurate progress because you don't know what it is also not ok. Clean may not have been much quicker but people would know what's going on, and good communication is essential. Storms Irene and Sandy were managed well, however I believe this blizzard exposed some holes in planning and readiness for snow storms which are different animals altogether. I don't claim to know everything the DPW did or planned but it appears there could be some improvement.
Cheryl Craig Smith February 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I would like to thank the plow drivers, I know that I lost my mind as of yesterday afternoon, not being able to leave my street was horrible BUT these poor drivers are dealing with 38" of snow, come on folks 38" of snow is a heck of alot to get rid of. Remember while we are at home complaining these guys are NOT at home with families. Again, thank you!!
Joe Citizen February 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Can we get a plow on Beechwood Ave before spring.Just wondering since all surrounding streets are done. Maybe at least one pass?Just thinking that maybe there is some kind of organized pattern to the plowing.Oh ...wait a minute that would require organization of some kind.Sorry My Bad
MikeS February 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Everything you list is reasonable in my estimation, Manny. The problem is lack of vision and accountability to implement them. I guarantee that the response of the DPW would be that tracking that information represents an undue burden to the drivers and dispatchers. Then you know what? Get creative. Like I said elsewhere, buy a $60 GPS unit for each truck. Then you can collect that information of who has been where with minimal effort. Once you have that information, you are home free. You can then post progress reports, track the efficiency of drivers, better plan fuel usage, and any number of benefits. But again, that would take ingenuity and a little bit of capital investment, which seem to be lacking.

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