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Chicopee and Springfield Differ in Snow Removal

Snow PlowSPRINGFIELD/CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB)– If digging out your own driveway can be a pain, imagine what trying to shovel your entire street is like.

Some folks in Springfield know this all too well. Two days after the blizzard, while main roads are clean, many side streets still haven’t been touched by a plow. Mayor Dominic Sarno empathized with those frustrated by the situation. “I am aggravated at the ones that were not touched or just punched out, some contractors were paid for that, and inspectors are supposed to be double checking that, and I’m not going to stand for that.”

However in Chicopee, they didn’t seem to have that problem. The streets are clean. And to get them this way, Mayor Michael Bissonnette had to switch plans at the last minute. “We changed our plans during the overnight portion of the storm Friday into Saturday morning, and also to initially hit every side street to try to open up one lane the residents could get out, emergency vehicles could get in,” he said.

In anticipation of the rain and sleet Monday is expected to bring Bissonnette says they’re not out of the woods yet. “We’re working with the school dept. on getting kids to school tomorrow, sanding and some additional plowing, We’ve also stretched snow removal,”

Like many folks at this point, he’s just waiting for it to warm up. “The best thing is for everybody to remember that on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox open for spring training, so there is a spring in our future, it’s not too far away,” he joked.

Anyone who is still having trouble with their streets can contact the Chicopee DPW at (413) 594-3557.

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