Approximately 60% of the roads are plowed. Most of the main streets allow for two lanes of traffic. Many secondary roads are single lane. There are over 30 pieces of equipment being used to clear the streets including plow trucks, pay loaders, snow blowers and backhoe's. Progress is slow because trucks continue to get stuck and some have to be pulled away to assist emergency vehicles.
As an example of how difficult it is to plow a street that is approximately 1700 feet long, it took an experienced snow plow driver 4 hours to clear it enough to allow cars to use the street. We have 208 miles of road in Meriden spread out over 679 public roads. Progress is slow and the rain forecast for today may pose additional problems.
Approximately 30 crews are out amongst the neighborhoods doing their best to clear the streets with assistance from private contractors. We appreciate your continued patience and we have been working very hard since Friday afternoon to get all of the streets done. Please be safe!