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How Would You Rate Your Island Town's Plowing?

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below.

(Photo by Doug Moore)
(Photo by Doug Moore)


Now that 2014's first snowstorm is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how your town’s plows handled the white stuff.

in Edgartown, where one National Weather Service spotter reported 10 inches by Friday morning, "Highway did a tremendous job on the streets," according to town harbormaster Charlie Blair.

Edgartonians, do you agree?

Oak Bluffs residents, are you happy with the town's plowing?

How about denizens of Tisbury, where a parking ban stretched from Thursday night to Friday evening?

Up-Islanders, what say you?

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below.

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Trudy Carter January 04, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Trudy Carter January 4, 2014 at 07:04 am I appreciate the efforts of those who plow our streets in Edgartown. My one wish, however, is that when I shovel my drive, the plowmen would dip in and not plow my driveway closed again. I also could not get into a side street as the plows had left a huge pile at entrance to Sherriff's Lane...Trying to help as friend with getting in and out...Think the town should let plowers know location of winter residents....
David Whitmon January 04, 2014 at 07:21 AM
The towns tend to do a piss poor job at plowing and maintaining the bike paths. That last mix of cold weather we had weeks back and the sloppy mixed precipitation left the Vineyard Haven path a frozen sheet of ice and solid chunks of frozen snow. Not even safe to walk on let alone to attempt riding on.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 04, 2014 at 07:44 AM
Hi David - I am sure you're you're right - although last night I rode shotgun from VH to Edgartown around 5:30 p.m. and both the driver and I observed that the path appeared to be in better shape than the snowy road on which we were motoring gingerly at about 20 mph in four-wheel drive. Not that either of us wanted to be cycling instead! Hats off to the year-round pedalers.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 04, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Trudy, my sympathy! It does feel sometimes as if everyone forgets we have year-round residents like you and my Mom on the north side of town. And I can relate to the driveway thing - I lived for a few years on a road leading to a hospital (now defunct) in Arlington and every time it snowed the town would plow extra frequently, blocking us in again and again. Our last winter there, 1996-1997, the snow pile next to our driveway grew to be about as tall as I am.
David Whitmon January 04, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Thank you Louisa for the heads up. That is good to hear. Not I have to dig a 170' pathway to get my Velomobile from my door to the pavement. I usually ride on the road ways but the thought of hitting any patches of ice out on the roads, I stay on the paths and roll along at a more sedate pace. With the current temperatures I will let it warm up a bit before heading out. I run with a knobby mountain bike tire on the back this time of the year. Again. Thanks for the heads up.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 04, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Update: I can't say the same for the trail between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown along the #13 bus route, which I took today - Looks like that trail hasn't been touched.
ddean January 04, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Crossland's bobcat operator dumped plenty of OB school walkway snow behind my truck blocking me in but perhaps this is a blessing in disguise as I*m a timid driver in icy conditions .. but could he plow me out by Tues. am?

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