“What Takes Them so Long To Plow?”

(WTNH) — Even though the trees are starting to bud, it didn’t stop mother nature from dumping inches of snow here on the first day of spring. We took a ride with one of the plow drives this morning from the Public Works Crew in Hamden, here was his story.

Spring cleaning, just 5 days ago…and then this happened.

Now on the first full day of Spring, the sounds of winter return for the Public Works crews in Hamden. Winter…and…really…long…shifts.

Christopher Rhone, Hamden Public Works, “We came in at about 11 o’clock last night and it was flurrying out, roads weren’t in bad shape.” (And then you’re doing a normal shift after this, what time are you getting out of here today?) “Probably 3:30pm.”

Thankfully a 16.5 hour shift is a little less painful with sights like this to look at, but this job is quick moving and requires a ton of skill.

We’re told that after a storm, it typically takes about 12 hours to clear the streets, and it can be faster if you don’t throw the snow into the streets. Okay, I know what your thinking…why do they always push the snow back after I’ve shoveled?!

A lot of peope like to clean their driveways ahead of time and they get mad when we push back but we have to get the streets curb to curb.

So the hope is that the men and women of the public works and DOT crews will be able to close the silo for one last time as we say goodbye to winter and say hello to spring.

A big thanks to the Hamden Public Works for allowing me to check out what they do on these tough days!

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