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Middletown's Plowing Operations to Continue Through Wednesday

More than 1,200 local roads totaling 300 miles must be cleared

Route 35 Instagram photo by user sharononthemove
Route 35 Instagram photo by user sharononthemove

Snow plowing operations in Middletown are expected to continue through Wednesday as the area is blanketed by a winter storm.

The National Weather Service's winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday. In addition to snow accumulation, temperatures are expected to plummet into the single digits Tuesday night, making travel hazardous.

Mayor Stephanie Murray said that the township’s Public Works Department is prepared to deal with the storm and its aftermath.

“In addition to pre-treating roads, snow removal equipment has been inspected and readied for service,” she said in a statement. “Approximately 75 trucks will be activated as necessary along with about 100 personnel who man vehicles, shovel municipal sidewalks and perform other related tasks.”

Plowing begins once snow amounts hit the three inch mark, according to Public Works Director Ted Maloney. With snowfall expected to continue through Wednesday morning, Maloney anticipates his workers will be tending to Middletown’s streets through the evening.

The township’s plowing procedures call for the clearing of primary and secondary arterial roads before local roads are tended to, according to Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante. More than 1,200 local roads totaling 300 miles must be cleared.

“We appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation as we work very hard to make the roads as safe as possible during and after this storm,” Maloney said in a statement.

Anyone who must travel is urged to do so with caution, officials said, as dropping temperatures mean salt and brine solutions become less effective below 20 degrees.

The township also urged residents to:

  • Make sure cars are off of streets during plowing
  • Clear sidewalks within 24 hours after snowfall ends
  • Clear areas around fire hydrants
  • Remove snow from vehicles before driving—failing to do so can result in a summons
Harold Sullivan January 21, 2014 at 06:58 PM
I've lived in Middletown since the 60s. Plowing was just fine back then, and in the 70s, 80s... When the township privatized some of the plowing, things started downhill. Instead of an enormous township truck, making multiple passes, we now often get someone with a lawn service who puts a plow on his pickup, one pass, and gone. Only one car can pass at a time on many streets. Privatization: it's always worse.
April Schelling January 21, 2014 at 08:03 PM
haven't seen one plow all day..
J.E. O'Brien January 21, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Keep warm n safe guys and ladies <3
Middletown resident January 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Who do you contact to try and get your street plowed?
Rachelle Brown January 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM
My street was done at least a dozen times and was clear by 6 AM on Wednesday morning. Privatization is always better. It is not privatization when the town just pays contractors. If the residents paid directly to have streets done such as in a condo complex there would be accountability.
Harold Sullivan January 24, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Really Rachel? And how *well* was it done? Can you see bare asphalt on the side streets? As soon as you cross into Holmdel, you can. Holmdel's DPW is staffed properly, and they don't rely on contractors in pickups. ' PS - the definition of privatization IS the use of contractors.
J.E. O'Brien January 26, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I have to say I went through several towns and they were done a lot better than Middletown was. Hillside is still white snow on the road and messy as is over by fairview school. terrible work by whoever was contracted ... guess they are trying to save money?????

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