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Montville Public Works Crews at Work Since Friday

Public Works Director Donald W. Bourdeau, Jr. said his crews had a little sleep last night and were back at it early this morning.

 

Montville Patch reached out to the very busy Public Works Director, Donald W. Bourdeau, Jr., to find out how we're doing!

 

“All our roads are open. Today, we’re clearing up, widening some roads. What people don’t understand maybe is that first we need initially to just open up the road with a lane – we need to make sure our waterways are clear, clear near catch basins. We get all roads open and then we have to go back and widen, clear up roads. This is a process. And then, we’ll be going back out with pay loaders to clear near intersections to help (provide) sightlines for cars,” Bourdea said.

Bourdeau, who has 12 trucks and 14 workers on the roads with nary a break save for about six hours Saturday night, said that in addition to working pretty much around the clock, equipment sometimes breaks down, especially when pushing tons of snow. He said they had a truck breakdown and a hydraulic issue with another.

“You have a 10-foot or 11-foot plow pushing all that snow, all that weight. It’s tough. And our guys aren’t looking to knock down mailboxes; we have to open these roads for public safety. We’re doing the best we can do.”

Bourdeau said that his crews have been "helping out" at Montville schools and that both Montville High School and Tyl Middle School lots have both been plowed. 

He said he does have a concern about children standing at bus stops.

"Absolutely for the kids safety and for car sightlines at intersections, so we'll be going back out for days and days with pay loaders to clear," he said. 

And Bourdeau said the while there’s enough in his budget to cover the costs of snow removal to date, we’re still only in February.

"Right now, we're only into February, but I feel comfortable, depending on what happens the rest of the winter," he said.

The good news?

The federal emergency designation by Pres. Obama this morning means there will be federal disaster funding for 75 percent of the cost of emergency protective measures incurred by the town for a 48-hour period.

Pam Gonski February 10, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thank you town workers for all the hard work you've done. It's a thankless job at time like this so I want them to know I appreciate them.
Tom McNally February 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Montville roads are in great shape unlike Waterford. Great job guy, your the best!
Carol Burgess February 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I am so impressed by the work done by our plow crews. Hat's off to you and, and a BIG thank you!!!
Walter February 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Maybe you guys need to come to Waterford and give them some snow plow 101 lessons. Great job guys...........
Diana Saunders February 11, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Kudos to Montville public works! There roads were more clear by 1pm yesterday than any town around them. From what I saw, they had more and deeper snow than the other towns I drove through but without excuses they cleared it. In other towns they cleared roads to one lane, not Montville, two passable lanes and open intersections. Great job.
Tiiu February 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I concur with all the comments above. Montville Public Works, great job!! I couldn't believe how clean and safe you made our roads in spite of all the snow. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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