March Survey Question #1 How would you rate the snow removal efforts of the City of Newport?

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[Satisfactory]
Although clearance of main streets was done efficiently, some smaller neighborhood streets were not plowed adequately.
[Satisfactory]
Road plowing initially good but too much time and energy wasted later when plows come back and shove snow into driveways and onto sidewalks. STOP plowing earlier to save money and avoid homeowner anger.
[Poor ]
days following big storms the only streets in good shape are the most heavily traveled. neighborhood streets are typically either not plowed at all or just given one shot at the beginning of a storm and then forgotten.
[Unacceptable]
Plows don’t always plow all of Harrison Ave.; they stop at the school and don’t go farther east. What is logic to that? Downtown is sometimes hazardous to walk in because merchants don’t all clear their sidewalks. They lose customers that way.
[Satisfactory]
THe last storm was a difficult one to clear. The city did not do as good a job as they have for previous storms but they did what they could when they could.
[Satisfactory]
With the number of car and the size of most streets the city does it’s best.
[Poor ]
They do not enforce sidewalk regulations. They do not clean many of there own sidewalks.
[Unacceptable]
One pass down a street in a 24 hour period is unacceptable for the average joe’s vehicle and for emergency apparatus to get around. Also from what a gather there were a few plow trucks not being utilized.Why have a parking ban if you aren’t going to plow as close to the curb as you can.
[Poor ]
[Poor ]
While it was a tough storm, we all had good notice and days after the sidewalks in many areas, including downtown were not clear consistently. Many towns have a 24 hr shovel requirement – if not fine the owner.
The Queen Anne Sq project has blocked the East side walk of Thames street for a long time – without providing any alternative safe pathway for pedestrians on this busy street. The only altyernative to walk in that section of Thames st – the other side walk on the East side was blocked with piles of snow from the Nemo storm through Winter Festival – school vacation – making it unsafe for locals and tourists to walk in this are, other than on a wet slippery cobblestone street in busy downtown
[Poor ]
City plows push snow onto sidewalks, undoing the work of the homeowners who have shoveled their own sidewalks. Doesn’t matter anyway, because so many landlords and “dark houses” don’t shovel that a pedestrian is forced into the street anyway. City should fine those who don’t shovel and use the money to pay some of the guys who go around town selling their shoveling services to do the un-shoveled houses. Oh wait, that makes too much sense.
[Poor ]
Side streets were not plowed for days. I live on Kay St. and we had plows going by often.
[Poor ]
I never saw a plow after the first morning. Snow blocking parking all over town.
[Satisfactory]
I think that trucks are out there in a timely fashion. Problems occur on the smaller side streets when snow is plowed onto the side that cars park, and when driveways are snowed in. I live on a corner property and it irks me when snow is piled up several feet high on a sidewalk that I am responsible for shoveling. Better care should be taken in this regard.
[Satisfactory]
ok, but we had better service several years ago. Something has changed. Only one lane was passable for several days.
[Poor ]
Parking issues and small, quaint streets certainly contribute…
[Poor ]
I know it was a significant snowfall and there wasn’t any place to put the snow, but the overall plowing of city streets and sidewalks was subpar.
[Poor ]
The city needs to develop a plan to remove the piled up snow blocking sidewalks on our narrow streets.
[Poor ]
Normally I would’ve said either good or satisfactory. But I chose “Poor” this time only because of how bad it was after the February blizzard. There was a major blizzard a couple of winters ago when the snow removal was good. So I don’t know what happened this time. What makes it harder for me is I don’t drive. So for how long I had to walk to/from work over unshoveled sidewalks and deep, slippery slush in the roads. (I work at Newport Hospital and walk from Mary Street. So it’s not like I have a path that includes having to deal with minor side streets. I was surprised at how bad it was on Broadway and America’s Cup.)
[Poor ]
During Nemo, we were plowed once between friday and sunday afternoon when they finally came back to clear us out.
[Satisfactory]
For a major snow the did an accceptable job.
[Poor ]
For those with no off-street parking, there was no where to park for several days. Plows just deposited the snow where cars usually park, especially on side streets, and left it there. The city should have hauled it away.
[Satisfactory]
It’s as good as can be expected given the narrow streets, lots of parked cars and the minimal budget alloted for snow removal. If we want better we should be willing to pay for it. For the right price we could even have taxpayer funded sidewalk clearance (had it where I grew up). It’s all about what we are willing to pay for.
[Satisfactory]
Considering the amount of cars parked on the street
[Poor ]
Mayor arteries are barely plowed, making them usable only by large vehicles. Side streets seem to be ignored until days after a major/moderate event.
[Satisfactory]
This is a tiny town with tiny streets not built for plows and an excessive number of oversized vehicles. I feel the city did the best they could with limited capabilities during an insane amount of snowfall.
[Poor ]
Main streets are fine but the side streets were poor.
[Satisfactory]
I live on a road that is used by emergency and police vehicles to get to downtown faster so we get plowed first. However trying to keep the sidewalk clear when the plow keeps plowing more snow on us makes it impossible to keep the walkway open!
[Poor ]
The streets are not cleared early or completely enough to keep residents safe.
[Satisfactory]
No disrespect to the city employees who worked tirelessly plowing; it’s a hard job!
[Unacceptable]
Street’s weren’t plowed at all!
[Poor ]
My street never got plowed.
[Satisfactory]
Road plpwing is actually good. The problem is when the plows come back after everyobe has shoveled off their driveways and sidewalks to leave snow where we just shoveled. JUST DON’T COME BACK! Money will be saved
and home owners will not be angry.
[Satisfactory]
It’s a tough job dealing with the narrow roads and the amount of snow we received…not bad considering…
[Poor ]
It took them three days after Nemo to come plow my street. It took them 2 days to plow the main roads that my street is off of. And most of those roads are a school bus route. Unacceptable!
[Satisfactory]
its tough to be good – being an island does not demand for extensive snow equipment, other cities do employ contractors for piece ( snow ) work — local JAM company does have very big Mack trucks, perhaps a resource ?
[Poor ]
It seemed as though even days after the storm many streets had not been properly plowed.
[Satisfactory]
they do the best they can
[Poor ]
The streets in the Point are always a total mess after any significant snow. After the blizzard plows would go down the street with the plow raised on their way to someplace else. Even after the snow ended it took days for the streets to be acceptable, mostly due to melting. And it’s like that every time there’s a lot of snow.
[Satisfactory]
If people stayed off the roads after the storms then the cleanup would be better!!!
[Poor ]
They do not follow any set routes….went up street next mine 6 times and never did mine, Eastnor Rd and Atlantic St so they are compatible streets
[Poor ]
some streets seemed unplowed
[Satisfactory]
My street was ok, others not so much
[Poor ]
Main arteries were in bad shape – not to mention the side streets.
[Satisfactory]
Main roads were still icy on Monday after the blizzard.
[Unacceptable]
Took all day to get to the end of willow street
[Poor ]
Plow drivers speed, plow snow onto corners making it impossible for pedestrians, and routinely damage streets and property. Additionally, the streets seem to be more slippery when new fallen snow is plowed, not less, and plowing makes drivers more prone to speed.
[Satisfactory]
After the big storm, a City of Newport plow driver stopped to clear the huge snow piles from the sides of my elderly neighbor’s driveway, and then, on his way back, came back to clear mine. Thanks City of Newport plow driver!
[Satisfactory]
some side streets could use more plowing, and sidewalk shoveling could be enforced more
[Poor ]
Calender St and respective cross streets had snow on them until it melted a week later. After the travel ban was lifted there were no additional passes by city plows on Calender or Heath even though a substantial amount of snow remained.
[Poor ]
The main roads were satisfactory, but the side roads were very poor.
[Poor ]
They did not plow my road and I had to call and email to have it done.
[Satisfactory]
The residents of Newport should be rated unacceptable. Walking during and after snowstorms is life-threatening at best. The City should enforce fines for those not shovelling sidewalks. However, the City plows did a satisfactory job.
[Satisfactory]
My street was fine and I was able to get around when I wanted to.

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