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How Would You Grade Cranston’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 Cranston’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

Tax payer February 19, 2014 at 08:17 PM
In a pass - fail score system i would say they passed. More law enforcement needed for cars left half on streets and half on sidewalks. There also needs to be enforcement of people who use snow throwers to blow snow back on street after plows have already come by. city also needs to start a much more aggressive sweep of all wards to ticket each and every car,truck left on streets overnight. (Lost revenue )
Steven r February 20, 2014 at 06:14 AM
It was better than Providence. However it took a day for the streets to be plowed. In Providence, side streets are still not plowed.
Vinnie B. February 20, 2014 at 06:19 AM
Overall - C. This past storm F-
I_Like_EG February 20, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Failed. Side streets are not plowed (Steven). I noticed several cars had to back down Phenix ave at olney Arnold due to snow. And there was minimal salt/sand usage from what I could see. A truck didn't even plow my neighborhood and at 11k in taxes a year that should be done maybe not immediately but eventually and as of Thursday still not done. Also the trash pick up has been horrible the streets are a mess and trash is over flowing!! Hope we have street sweepers out this year to clean the roads! Don't think I am all negative I just have certain expectations of a City like Cranston with very high taxes we should have the best of everything. Meanwhile Warwick is outperforming us all over the place in public service, libraries ( we need a new library) taxes etc. Anyways. Thanks.
2ferskippy February 20, 2014 at 06:56 AM
who cares its snow. they make a mess ,sun works better
Steven r February 20, 2014 at 06:58 AM
If street sweepers are used, people will complain about being kept up all night :)
Steven r February 20, 2014 at 06:59 AM
The new library is on Cranston street,
Steven r February 20, 2014 at 07:00 AM
The whole country has run out of salt.
Lois Aronson Kaplan February 20, 2014 at 07:23 AM
For the last two storms, it was abysmal. Our streets were very poorly plowed. I have brand new tires and I could barely get up a slightly inclined street to get home last night. Very disappointed in the lack of adequate plowing
Lisa smith February 20, 2014 at 07:51 AM
A lot better this year. :) Last year was awful! Thanks!!
Anne February 20, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Salt is just one part. The fact that they ran out of salt should make the need for efficient plowing even greater. I drove to my moms house and came down Princess Avenue yesterday February 19th and nothing was plowed the street was totally left undone. the whole length of Princess Avenue was terrible and considering the high taxes in Cranston I would expect them to at least plow all of the streets and princess one could argue is a main drag in that there are sidestreets coming off of it. I think Cranston has done a horrible job in the past and present plowing our streets. In fact one of the storms last year my street was blocked off with snow Fir three days. No one could come up it or down. It was the time payloaders were used and I watched payloaders doing the opposite side of the street and not come down mine. In fact they sat there ate lunch and the left. Took 48 hours to clear us now that is unexceptionable. Cranston needs to get on the stick. Mayor fung needs to run our city efficiently before running for governor. thinks he's going to run our state. And as far as parked cars on the streets and halfway on sidewalks and streets that is another issue not dealt with I lived In the ward that was involved in that controversy involving the councilmen and the police and I can say with certainty that they targeted the ward because that ward never got tickets I watched for years people parking on the street sidewalks half-and-half as if it was the driveway and nothing ever getting done I actually called the police and they never came so that is another issue. would Cranston needs to improve in many areas. Or lower the taxes so people don't feel so cheated. I moved to Warwick with lower taxes and I love it
Elizabeth Roy February 20, 2014 at 08:22 AM
My main complaint, they do not plow curb-to-curb. My street is always too narrow. Pontiac Avenue from the split down to Park Avenue at the theater is not plowed to curb heading north to Park. The salt/sand situation is understandable. The lousy plowing is unacceptable. Police need to monitor jerks who think parking bans do not apply to them. Tow not ticket. Overheard an independent plow driver state that due to the fact they rarely get paid until June/July due to budget constraints, they don't bother to plow well. Double-sided coin on this one. What has happened to having integrity to do the job properly. As long as we have snow events this will remain a problem.
nancy February 20, 2014 at 08:30 AM
We were doing pretty well, until this last storm - I understand no salt but where is the sand? Treacherous out there. When buses start sliding backwards, you know the city has dropped the ball.
Steven r February 20, 2014 at 08:41 AM
if they plow to the curb, all the snow gets pushed back onto the sidewalk you are required to shovel.
Elizabeth Roy February 20, 2014 at 08:47 AM
It still flies up onto the sidewalks anyway. Make the roads safely passable by plowing them wide enough.
Bob February 20, 2014 at 08:53 AM
No issues plowing curb to curb, no issues with the time frame in which they get out there.....everything sucks after the storm when we have frigid cold temps and ice on the roads....trying to get that taken care of is impossible, contacted the Mayor, council person, highway dept supervisor.....they all get failing grade...PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!!
nancy February 20, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Let me just add this - regardless of the job the city has or has NOT done, you as a resident or a business owner CAN do your part to buy salt/sand and police your own parking lots and walkways - I drove up to a business yesterday, couldn't safely get near the door, and promptly left. It's everyone's job to stay safe and keep a safe business or home...
Becca February 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Clearly a grade of D the last 2 storms! We are always last to get plowed...The receptionist at the highway needs a lesson in manners, but then I heard it's the former employee that the Colonel walked out after 35 yrs. on the job so I guess she's bitter! Cannot blame her but clearly she belongs at her own job! The highway should have a second shift to do the plowing save us taxpayers $$$$!
Elizabeth Roy February 20, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I agree with you Nancy. I cannot physically shovel snow but make sure I have a family member do it for me and spread salt. Many establishments on Park Avenue in the center of the city have not bothered to shovel sidewalks and many residents in my neighborhood don't bother either. No excuse!
millerheaton February 20, 2014 at 09:58 AM
I give the DPW a B for keeping Edgewood drive-able. Huge improvement over last year! Agree with the poster about the police dept. enforcing the parking ban and sidewalk clearing - lost money and who cares if the fine is too high. Don't be a scofflaw and you won't get fined.
nicole fine February 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Reservoir Avenue is an obstacle course of potholes! Wonder how long it will take (if ever) to get fixed. It is a State road, but who is responsible for it?? My street was plowed curb to curb, but not down to the pavement, so if any pregnant women want to go into labor, take a drive down my street! LOL
CranstDONE February 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I think it's just too many Italians working for the city. All wannabe mafia hit men doing plowing they have no idea what to do. The fact any of you even live in this sewer crime ridden city I say Shame on you. Princess ave is a dump. Get your mother outta there. Aaaa she been lovin deer since 1966. So what. She's old tell her to get out. Anyway less Italians more Asians as I am Asian on the plows. Problem solved.
Linda Monsalve February 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM
I live in Edgewood and I would say the plowing has been ok. Not great. Maybe a C+. this last storm however was not done as well as it should have been. I went down Shaw Ave. which has a school and a daycare center, and it was trecherous! I called the police dept since the DPW was not answering after 5pm. I called the daycare center this morning and they said the street still had not been plowed. It seems inconsistent from one street to another. I also agree that the police should tow not ticket cars left on the street. And plowing curb to curb would be an improvement from just a path down the middle.
Cathy February 20, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Doesn't everyone in Cranston own at least one SUV? I don't see the problem. OK, the streets are messy, but considering the snowy winter we have had so far, I give the highway department credit for a job well done. Everyone wants immediate gratification. Patience. Practice it. And Becca, the woman at the highway department has always been helpful. Maybe you are the one who needs and attitude adjustment.
Vincent Boombatz February 20, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Outsource the ticketing to a private contractor and watch the dollars flow.
I_Like_EG February 21, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Cranstdone. You are a moron. Asians can't even drive cars Nevermind u want them to use a plow! U mock the Italians in a city dominated by clean Italian Americans and claim dirty Asians are better? Get a life move back to Asia where there isn't any snow / less snow. Poor comment cranstdone
I_Like_EG February 21, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Stevenf get a clue u must work for the city!? U are one of those happy with mediocracy type people. The library doesn't compare to warwicks nor does the tax rate so wake up and demand the best for your $$
Alice M. Frezza February 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM
I think they did a great job-I would also like to give a shout out to the trash collectors. Thank you for your good work in such difficult conditions. Mitzi
Becca February 24, 2014 at 08:54 AM
November remember everyone in OUT...clean house!
mrfixit March 06, 2014 at 07:28 PM
The city does a great job where I live with

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