-By John Lynds
As we are besieged with yet another major snow storm, the City of Boston’s snow crews made their best efforts toremove as much snow that had piled up on East Boston’s street corners and sidewalks.
Beginning Friday and working through the weekend into Monday night, crews used front loaders to fill dump trucks with tons of snow from Eastie’s business districts and major roadways like Meridian and Bennington Streets.
The snow was dumped at the City Yards and by Monday afternoon a mountain of snow at the city lot was over 20 feet high and several yards long.
The effort began last week when Mayor Thomas Menino directed Boston Public Works crews to remove snow in the neighborhood–focusing on main arteries, business districts, and areas identified as public safety concerns. This weekend, Public Works crews removed more than 37,000 tons of snow citywide, filling 2,661 truckloads, from Boston streets and neighborhoods.
“City crews have been working around the clock to maintain a safe environment in the City of Boston. I am proud of their hard work as well as the patience and help we have received from our residents,” said Menino. “As Mother Nature continues to test our crews, we will continue to be out there treating and clearing our roads.”
Since receiving more than 60 inches of snow in 31 days, Public Works has consistently been removing snow from Boston’s roadways. With back to back storms this week, the City has been pushing back and removing as much snow as possible from city streets and neighborhoods to ensure that roads remain safe and passable during one of the snowiest winters on record.
Menino also met with his snow team, including members from the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Boston Police and Fire departments, the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Transportation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services to prepare and monitor forecasts during this latest storm.
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program to access important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the city’s Alert Boston network at www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston.
For more information, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/snow.