Lauretti on plowing the Riverwalk: 'It’s a matter of time and priorities'


City crews appear to have cleared snow from both sections of the Riverwalk in the past week, following a downtown resident's criticism for failing to do so after multiple storms this winter.

Mayor Mark Lauretti told the Herald that clearing roads must be the top priority, and public works crews can be busy for days widening roadways and carting away snow after major snowstorms or persistent winter storms.

“We’ll get to the Riverwalk as time permits,” Lauretti said. “It’s a matter of time and priorities.”

Earlier, Carol Morabito had questioned why the Riverwalk wasn’t being plowed after snowstorms. She lives in the Avalon Shelton complex on Canal Street.

Spoke at Board of Aldermen meeting

Speaking at a Board of Aldermen meeting, Morabito was particularly concerned about the new Riverwalk section behind the Avalon, where she said many Avalon dog owners regularly walk their canines.

“It hasn’t been cleared after any of the recent snowstorms,” Morabito told aldermen.

Instead, an inconsistent, uneven and narrow path through the snow was being created by human and dog footprints.

At the time, she did note that the Riverwalk section that goes between the Avalon and Birmingham condo building appears to have been plowed once, although there still is a layer of uneven snow on top of the brick pavers.

Morabito said Avalon is a dog-friendly residential rental complex, and the Riverwalk is where people living there take their dogs so the dogs can relieve themselves.

“We have no choice but to walk on that pathway,” she said, describing its condition as “dangerous."

'It's very, very icy'

Morabito said the better-known, more-used Riverwalk section in Veterans Memorial Park also isn’t being cleared of snow, and this is a spot where many people like to walk — even in the winter.

“It’s very, very icy,” she said of the main Riverwalk, where she recently fell on the steps near the riverfront.

Morabito noted the unsafe conditions could “be a liability issue” for the city, since both Riverwalk sections were built and are maintained by the city.

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