Union Street sidewalk/pathway following snow and ice storms...

By David R. Woodbury | Jan 11, 2014

It is admirable how the town of Camden cleans up after a snow storm. And plowing the sidewalks makes it easier to maneuver some of the side streets. But wait!! What about a snow, ice and rain mix? Last Wednesday morning, with my car out of commission, I walked downtown from the Quarry Hill area and later to the Rockport library. The entire sidewalk on Union street was covered with ice, snow, chunks of ice and snow and very uneven surfaces -- a useless pedestrian way for the time being. And very dangerous!! If the good intentions of the town create a dangerous situation for pedestrians, some better planning needs to be initiated after such foul weather. OUCH!!

Comments (5)
Posted by: David R. Woodbury | Jan 17, 2014 09:38

Thanks, Richie. I appreciate your input... I get it.

Posted by: richie osgood | Jan 15, 2014 12:42

" So streets, only (drivers, not pedestrian walkways ), are able to be cleared?? Hmmmmmm...  "



Maybe you should reread my post, thats not what it said at all.

I can only say what happened when I was there, but with the same department head still in control he did everything in his power ( budget ) to get everything back to snuff as quick as he can. It was a full crew on deck. I was one of the mechanics at the time and even I did help with sidewalk sanding from time to time. I don't speak for the town, or even live there so what do I know?

Posted by: David R. Woodbury | Jan 15, 2014 12:18

So streets, only (drivers, not pedestrian walkways ), are able to be cleared?? Hmmmmmm...

Posted by: richie osgood | Jan 15, 2014 10:31

When I worked for Camden public works we worked very extended hours to make things safe for everyone. I can remember many weeks with 70 plus hour weeks. These guys work day and night and really put out during storms. It will never be as safe to walk or drive during or directly after a storm. It is Maine and we do get ice. I know the dedication needed to work for public works crews. On call all the time with no on call time pay ect. Regardless of all the " jokes " about leaning on shovels, they work hard and do care. Sidewalk care is a huge task. The now retired Richard beat himself silly in that sidewalk plow and sander. I need a nap now just thinking of it.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 15, 2014 09:36

When the thermometer drops below zero it is difficult to make ice melt. The best thing to do is stay under cover unless absolutely necessary.

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