The Associated Press

Boston Officials Defend City’s Snow Clearance

BOSTON — Boston’s public works commissioner is defending the city’s snow removal even as she says some workers lack what she calls finesse.

Joanne Massaro told The Boston Globe that public works crews did a good job cleaning up after the storm that dumped 2 feet or more on Feb. 8 and 9.

She says snow clearance wasn’t perfect. But she says what snow removal crews lack in finesse they make up for in endurance and commitment.

Mayor Thomas Menino apologized to residents whose streets were left unplowed. But he and his staff defended the city’s response to the storm.

The mayor says Boston’s main roads were cleared hours after the storm and most side streets were cleared soon after.

City Councilor Charles Yancey has called for a hearing to examine the response.

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  • jefe68

    Yeah that’s why a week after the storm there are still 8 foot mounds of frozen snow on stretching from Hyde Park to Roxbury. Give me a break. Boston has never been able to get snow removal down. While I’m aware that Toronto has a lot more snow they do have the removal down somewhat. In Boston there does not seem to be any plan in how to clear bus shelters. It’s amazing that someone is sent out to shovel the shelter or bus stop but not a pathway to the street so people can catch a bus. It’s amazing really the complete lack of coordination one sees every winter and how it’s never quite done right.

  • RWB

    Nice of Commissioner Joanne Massaro to throw DPW workers under the bus.
    Snow removal is a problem for the little people. Boston’s swells had their parking spaces cleared first.

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