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Joe Blumenthal: Downtown snow removal a matter of safety

To the editor:

In regard to the article “Piles of work” (Gazette, Feb. 14) about downtown snow removal: as far as the Department of Public Works response is concerned, the past week’s heavy snowstorm is no different than every other snowstorm as far back as I can remember. The DPW cites the volume of snow and unanticipated equipment failures as reason for leaving mountains of snow on Main Street five days after the snow ends, and asks for our patience.

I understand that for the day of the storm and the day following, the DPW’s priority must be to make sure that every street in Northampton is open. But after that, what could be more important than restoring the free flow of traffic and providing for the safety of pedestrians in the busiest part of town?

Clearly, the DPW has some other priority; will it take the death of a pedestrian at the hands of a driver trying to navigate between snow banks to change this?

Joe Blumenthal


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