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

Give your praise, voice your concern and let the city 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 Peabody’s snow removal this winter?

We asked a similar question at the beginning of January after a major storm and heard a lot of complaints -- and some praise. Has the city improved since then? What have been your experiences this winter?

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

Dwight Flewelling February 19, 2014 at 08:37 AM
I see plenty of plows going down my street during the storms. Unfortunately, they go right down the middle of the street in a single line. never coming close to the curb. the edge of the snow banks are now at least 6 feet from the actual curb, making the street un-passable for more than one car if someone decides to park on either side.
Scott C Oakley February 19, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Started off good, but has been getting progressively worse with each storm. It snowed for eight hours the other day before the first plow hit our street. Yesterday they made one pass straight down the middle in the afternoon and not again until after dark. I live on Margin Terrace.
susan February 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM
I think it sucks when homeowners/taxpayers are breaking their backs shoveling this heavy wet snow and after HOURS of physical, heavy lifting the damn city plows come flying by several times and just completely plow a fort at the end of our driveways. Last night we got 3 maybe 4 inches tops of snow in Peabody - yet I ended up with a solid wall of at least 12 inches at the end of my driveway after 8:30PM - when all the shovels and snowblowers had been put away. They had been riding around earlier not doing much of anything!
dianne hamilton February 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I have had issues each storm going down my street and getting into my driveway because the streets are not plowed till after 5:30 pm and some of us get home from work earlier than that.
Paul Misci February 19, 2014 at 09:17 PM
I truly wish Peabody Patch would return to writing original articles about issues that matter in the community of Peabody. I had become accustomed to finding news first on Patch, but since John left it seems as though I read the same stories that are in the Salem News, just days later. This same article is posted on every Patch site in MA with the city name changed. Please bring back the local news coverage that made Peabody Patch such a great resource to our community.
David MacDonald February 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM
I agree w/Paul....considering the timing of the storms, they have done pretty well, I am sure the snow budget is blown away, but so is most of our New England MOJO.
shellymac1030 February 20, 2014 at 06:32 AM
The main roads are well maintained and I know it must be very tricky with the timing and amount of snow we've gotten to find places to put it. That said, New England getting more than one snow storm in winter is not unusual so clearing the streets with only that storm in mind (i.e. not getting as close to the curb as possible) makes it that much harder for them to do their jobs properly later in the season. If that means enforcing the parking bans more stringently (tickets & towing) so plows can get to the curb each and every storm then so be it. I live on a one way street and at this point I can barely back out of my driveway the banks are so close together.
Saber Walsh February 20, 2014 at 06:44 AM
I continue to be frustrated by private contractors plowing our streets for the city think they can go flying the wrong way on a one way street, without appropriate plowing lights, making multiple passes that do little more than the first one they made. Do these guys hold political signs during election day or something? Seems lime we are back to the 70s with patronage abound.
trainitor February 20, 2014 at 08:03 AM
I live in the southern side of the city and I think that the plowing on my street is great they try to plow curb to curb and do a very good job. Keep up the thankless job plow drivers.
Elena D. February 20, 2014 at 08:10 AM
I have never felt that Peabody has done a good job with plowing but this year seems to be the worst yet. I don't even feel the main roads are done that well. The side street, though...horrendous, treacherous, and just all-around bad. I'm very disappointed in our city for allowing this. Most of us know it is the private contractors that are not properly doing their job yet they continue to get away with it. It is not right!
Alan Richmond February 20, 2014 at 08:37 AM
The main streets and sidewalks are being plowed well. However, side streets and hills in Presidential Heights could use a lot of help and sand.
the-marshalls February 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM
We live on Johnson Avenue and the pickup plow trucks do an AWFUL job!!! They plow down the middle of the street most times and leave close to 5 feet of snow bank on both sides off from the sidewalks! The end of the street, joining Lynnfield Street is out so wide that it is a one-way entrance, making it impossible to turn in if another car is trying to come out of the street. It has always been like this and it's very frustrating! My husband plows snow, he has for close to 30 years, and is disgusted by the shoddy quality of work that is done on our street!
Scott C Oakley February 20, 2014 at 09:50 AM
While plowing may be a thankless job they are well paid for it. I don't know about Peabody rates , but Beverly pays starting at $82 per hour with a four hour minimum and goes up from there depending on the vehicle.
Robin February 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM
I've lived in Peabody for 43 years and this year is by far the best plowing ever. All the main streets and side roads are plowed right down to the concrete and when you cross in to other cities you can tell the difference becasue their streets are covered with ice and snow. Great work City of Peabody!
Elena D. February 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Robin, I would love to know what streets you are traveling in Peabody as I have lived here my entire 43 years, as well, and I have never seen the streets worse! The only time it gets down to the pavement is when all the snow the plows left behind finally melts. I'm wondering if you personally know some plow drivers and that is influencing your comment...?
Elena D. February 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Scott I couldn't agree with you more! Plow drivers are extremely well-paid so there really is no excuse for shoddy plowing. And it is especially frustrating when you see them all just sitting around doing nothing knowing they're getting paid so well.
Ellen O'Neil February 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Thanks to all who do the plowing - it is indeed a thankless job. I live at the lower end of Sabino Farm Road, and the plowing is usually very good. A payloader even came down and lifted the snow from being butted up against the bridge so we could get out of our driveway! Our only issue is that whoever plows the apartments leaves a mess for the rest of us on lower Sabino Farm Road and doesn't even seem to do a good job for them.
DC February 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM
I am not a snow-plower by any means but will mention the pay is deserved as Plow drivers spend several thousand dollars on a plow setup which is coupled by much maintenance and repair every year as well as extreme wear and tear to their vehicle, gas costs, working for 12+ hours straight through middle of night, unpredictable schedule, constantly being on-call, not getting paid sometimes for weeks or months after they do the work, etc etc. With that being said I do agree some of the issues are sincere and cities and towns should have a means (real-time) where their citizens can communicate what areas need more help, which drivers are driving unsafe, etc. As a former business owner on Main Street I am disgusted that even with the now limited parking from the downtown restructure, they have piled up mountains of snow to limit street parking even more. I couldn't even go to my bank the other day because there was absolutely nowhere to park.
Johnny D February 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Enough about plowing being a "thankless" job...what should we do throw a parade for them? Not every job gets a "thank you"...when is the last time you thanked your trash man or mail carrier? All they thanks they need (and deserve) is $$...which they get plenty of.
CATHY BROGNA February 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I live on Karelitz Road which is the dead end street that everyone does a U turn on to get to the mall.The plowing this year is by far the worse. I had to call the city and request a plow to come and do the street, it seemed it was forgotten after one of the storms but even before that storm threr has been plowing issues, which creates a dangerous situation due to the traffic that comes down it; cars have been stuck in the middle of the street. It has been so bad that there have been nights I could not drive down it. I will say when I did call the City the street was plowed immediately.
Brian February 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM
I live off of 114. Something has to be done to address the sidewalks by the 128 overpass. People walk to and from the mall and no one plows the sidewalks at all. I don't know if that's considered state highway or not but someone has to step up. At night time pedestrians will walk on the main road and are not visible until you are on top of them. It's only a matter of time before someone gets killed by walking in this area.
Sharon Fermon February 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
I live in Centerfield. The plows go down the center of the street only, resulting in too narrow a roadway for cars going in opposite directions to pass each other, let alone being able to park on the street without fear of the car getting hit.
Howard Van Keuren IV February 20, 2014 at 04:37 PM
I live in West Peabody and I am very disappointed in the plowing and salting this year. Once you get past Hannaford, heading West on Russell, the roads get worse and worse before reaching Middleton. A couple storms this year resulted in Russell Street being a sheet of ice causing a head on collision and several cars into snowbanks. Once you reach Middleton or Lynnfield the roads are down to bare pavement. The side roads have been even worse.
Cookie Melanson February 20, 2014 at 05:21 PM
I think they did a good job for all the snow storms that we had. I do think the city has to send out trucks to fill the pot holes in because I had to take my car in to be aligned again. If they are left too long they get bigger.
Robin February 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Elena D I do not happen to know any plow operators but I am very pleased with the snow removal efforts by the city this year. Last night my husband and I drove around the entire city and examined every main road and side street. (I know we are a couple of nerds!) Every single street was clear of snow and slush. Every single street. That is a pretty good indication of this year's snow removal performance I think. Having said that as soon as we crossed into some of the neighboring communities, those streets were still covered in snow. Awful.

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