How Would You Grade Portsmouth’s Snow Plowing This Winter?

Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter.

The past three weeks have seen one snowstorm after another barrel up the east coast and dump more snow onto the area.

Plowing snow is often a thankless job. There is rarely praise, but there are few things that raise a person’s ire more than snow-covered streets days after a snowstorm has passed.

With us now deep into February and after three weeks of snowstorms, we want to know: How would you rate Portsmouth’s snow removal this winter?

Let us know in the comments section below. Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter

Chris Carruba February 20, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Yes, they do their job. That's what they get paid for. To bad the schools system doesn't have faith in them.
PeterJ February 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM
David M February 20, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Horrific, but I,m guessing it is situational depending on where you live. The D.P.W does an O.K. job with the snow plowing, but there not the problem that I see. Most of those employees there have been plowing for years and know what there doing and do a descent job. My biggest problem is with these "contracted people" out there doing the plowing. You can tell that they have little experience and hardly have been trained in plowing. They leave excess snow in places it should not be, plow one street but not the next over, and I as well others have witnessed them driving around not plowing for multiple hours and soaking up valuable budget money. The D.P.W. workers work everyday to maintain Portsmouth for all aspects, and you can tell they care and take pride in what they are doing especially knowing that short cuts lead to more work in the future for themselves. The others (not all) care mostly about the money and sometime do there "side work" for people on the side, they even have asked me, I said no of course, but my neighbor agreed and they plowed his driveway for thirty dollars. I know we need these "contracted" employees during these times and I appreciate all that they do, but there needs to be training and an overseer of these people to make sure we are getting the quality we are paying for especially in the miserable Fiscal times.
e g wylie February 21, 2014 at 04:36 PM
David M. is correct. I have seen (in the lesser snows) these contractor trucks go up and down my street four or six times (counting both ways) for 2" - 4". Mine is, at best, a tertiary road. The plowing of the heavier snows is good and seems less repetitive, but I am irritated when I'm out there by the intersection of my driveway and the street shoveling and the plow driver sees me and puts 18" back into my driveway, never slowing down, let alone bothering to raise the blade a bit. The primary and many secondary streets are most well done, both quickly and thoroughly. I commend our town employees; the contractors not so much. egw


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