What Do You Think About Tewksbury’s Snow Plowing This Winter?

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

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

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 Tewksbury's snow removal this winter?

How has the town done this winter? What have been your experiences? Where are the areas in town that may still need work?

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.

Michele Franks February 20, 2014 at 06:50 AM
It sucks.
Lauren February 20, 2014 at 07:39 AM
I think they have done well as far as getting some sort of road clearing done quickly. However, the width of the side roads leaves something to be desired. Some side roads off 38 are down to barely one lane at the intersection. If you have someone trying to turn off 38 and someone waiting to try to get on, it's quite dangerous.
Rusty February 20, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Audrey Kelly February 20, 2014 at 08:28 AM
My neighborhood is fabulous. Thanks very much to my plow guy.
denise February 20, 2014 at 09:52 AM
I understand that there is just too much snow...but the snow piles at the end of the streets are crazy...have to inch out, and risk life and limb to see past big pile!
Nancy Der Ananian February 20, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Corner of Summer and Cross St-Can't see oncoming traffic when turning
Mary February 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM
In driving in South Tewksbury, I have noticed that the corner of Baystate Road and Water Street is so blocked with a snow bank that you literally have to drive you car far enough out into the street that any car coming down Water Street will definitely hit you. I would think when the weather is clearer that the Town would go back and clear the corners of this and other intersections that are blocked.
Karin Theodoros Zaroulis February 21, 2014 at 02:50 PM
My neighborhood is pretty good, too. Plowing has been quick and most times to the pavement. Only once did it appear they forgot to sand/ salt it. But Im happy.
Sarah February 22, 2014 at 12:29 AM
I think most of what I've seen is pretty good with three giant problems. Like, literally, giant snowbank problems. One's probably the town plows, the snow pile on the corner of Whipple and Pond is very high and makes it very dangerous to take a left onto Whipple. The other two are possibly private plows. The one who plows Jade East, almost every time it snows, makes the pile next to Kennedy impossible to see around without pulling quite far onto RT 38, the busiest road in town. The one who plows the VFW hall parking lot is probably my biggest annoyance this year though. The person plows it across Pond Street, but doesn't push it off the road. A parking lot I believe backed by woods on a few sides, and they decide to plow it into the street, leaving only half a lane on the opposite side of the road... Granted, someone just partially pushed the snowbank off the road after a few weeks of it being there, but I was almost wiped out during the last snowstorm by a pickup truck when the lane lines were covered by snow and you couldn't quite tell the road had narrowed. Had an attempt not been made to fix it I was going to call the DPW to figure out if they could get a plow out there to do so, I just hadn't found the time to do so yet.
Dan February 22, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Take a ride down Kevin st and let me know what you think!!
Bob Kelley February 22, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Overall the plows have done a good job but my perennial complaint is that the continue to plow in access to the fire hydrant at our cul de sac The piles of snow In Front of the hydrant are huge after the plows come by I've called the town before on this issue and promises have been made to clear these hydrants out but nothing ever gets done This isn't so difficult that the DPW and/or the TFD management can't resolve
LR February 22, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I think they are doing a great job! I commute to Everett for work and Tewksbury and Wilmington roads are so much better then the surrounding communities. Especially during the height of the storms.
Mary February 22, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I have no complaints other then the fact that they leave high mounds at the end of streets, entering other streets. This makes it so dangerous to try and get out of the street you are on. They don't cut them back at all.
Amy February 22, 2014 at 09:14 AM
HORRIBLE!!! The roads for the most art have never been cleared down to pavement, they sand/salt down the middle of a road or just one side. The plows that "take care" of my street always leave 10 feet of street un-plowed on the even side of the road leaving the home owners responsible for doing the towns job. No matter how many times you call the DPW and complain and even show them pictures of the space they are leaving un-plowed, they dont care and they dont do anything to fix it. We take our lives into their hands trying to pull out onto Shawsheen Street because the snow mounds at the corners of the streets are so high and jut out into the roadway. Our children's safety is compromised at the bus stops because of these massive snow piles. Why does Tewksbury always have the worst roads? You can always tell when you cross the town line into Billerica, Wilmington or even Lowell because the roads are finally cleared to pavement.
Jim Wentworth February 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Hi Amy, I'd like to understand a little more and see if we can help address your challenges. If you don't mind emailing me at jim.wentworth@emergegroup.com or calling me at (978) 394-4689, I would appreciate it. We are asking a lot of our DPW with very limited resources and I know they care very much about taking care of their fellow residents. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cygarbuff February 22, 2014 at 08:05 PM
I haven't seen asphalt since the last thaw. I can't recall ever seeing salt and sand on our street. Been driving on ice and packed snow for months. My biggest complaint is the width in which they plow. They make one pass down and follow the same path back. I have snow markers up and they don't get within 8 feet of the markers. Which means I don't get mail those days unless I can get home and clear out an area before my mailman comes. We don't usually see a plow until the storm is mostly over and we never see them again for a clean up. Usually they make one appearance. I agree that it is poorly done. I live off of Chandler and agree the banks are high and it's difficult trying to see as we try to exit our street.
woogha February 22, 2014 at 08:36 PM
I live on a tiny street just off the center of town. I think the plow guys in my area do a great job ! My street is so tiny that even in the summer it is almost one lane at a time so the width is the same now. That makes me happy. Plus who ever plows this area is careful not to pack the ends of the drive ways, the snow gets banked at the middle of our yards. Thank you Plow Guy ! Robinson Ave.


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