City working to clear roads, hired 14 outside contractors

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Bruce Drive was starting to be cleared out Monday afternoon. — Photo by John Niski

Monday, 4 p.m. — Here is an update from the city:

“This blizzard has disrupted plans and caused frustration.  Understanding your need to return to normal, the City of Shelton continues to work 24/7 on your behalf.

• The severity of this storm requires contingent use of heavy construction equipment in conjunction with City plows and City crews.

• The street cleaning plan is being followed however, it is taking longer than hoped.

• Crews are working around the clock using all available resources, including outside contractors.

• We are aware of your aggravation and urge patience and understanding in our efforts in clearing the roads.

• Please stay off the roads so the crews can get the job done.

• ROAD STATUS RIGHT NOW:  Still some streets not plowed – main roads are passable.

• Every attempt will be made to get at least one lane open on every street by tonight.• See snow policies attached.

• Garbage and recycling is suspended until further notice.”

Monday, 1 :30 p.m. — The city is working to clear at least one lane of all roads by tonight, according to an update from Police Chief Joel Hurliman.

“We’re trying to make a big dent in it while all the snow is soft,” Hurliman said.

The city has hired 14 outside contractors with payloaders and back-hoes to help with the work. The mayor said yesterday that normal plows were getting stuck because of the massive amount of snow.

The city has four of its own payloaders out and one back-hoe.

Some residents have worked to clear their own roads, using snow-blowers.

Hurliman said as snow melts, flooding will be a concern near the river.

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