Waltham Residents Frustrated With Lack of Snow Clearing; Schools Closed

Many city roads were still covered in snow on Sunday.

As Waltham continues to dig out from the storm and residents go back to work, many city streets remained covered in snow on Sunday, Feb. 10.

As a result, many Waltham residents are angry and say the city has done an inadequate job of plowing the roads, according to comments on Waltham Patch and its Facebook Page. 

On Sunday evening, at least parts of Myrtle and Robbins streets were still covered in snow, according to tweets from Waltham residents. Brown Street was still covered as well, as of 7:30 p.m., according to a Brown Street resident. 

At around 6 p.m., Moody Street was still caked in snow with motorists proceeding slowly down it. 

Other streets, however, were relatively clear. Main Street was clear, but only spots of blacktop cold be seen on lower Lexington Street, School Street and Newton Street.

Expressing her anger, one Waltham Patch user, , “Waltham had plenty of notice of this Blizzard coming! What is the reason for the roads to look this bad? Where were the plow trucks and sand trucks?”

Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson, who oversees plowing operations, could not be reached for comment on Sunday. Also, Mayor Jeanette McCarthy could not be reached as well. 



Brandeis University: Open

MBTA: On regular schedule

Trash Pickup: Delayed one day.

Waltham Public Schools: Closed

Post Offices: Open

Massachusetts State Government Officers: Open

Massachusetts Courts, including Waltham District Court: Open

Waltham Public Library: Open

Bentley University: Classes schedule to resume. University offices will be open.


How are the roads in your neighborhood? Leave a comment in the coments section below.

Eagles February 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Absolutely pathetic. It is obvious that somebody decided it was not worth extra money to clear the snow on sat and especially Sunday. Why not save some money and do it on Monday with more cars on the road, says the person who should loose their job! My street is so compacted, after the rain, ill be surprised if it isn't a smooth sheet of ice. Moody street is a hot mess, Main Street is the only clear road, and by clear, I mean one lane, and a B- at best.
Jen February 11, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I have never seen such a terrible plowing job in a city! Should we have to risk our lives trying to navigate through the city! Please sand the streets! Deplorable and unsafe!
moe howard February 11, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I wonder why the man in charge of snow removal and the mayor couldn't be reached for comment. That's inexcusable
Tina February 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Last winter, we had almost no snow. One would think that there would be unused funds left over from last year's snow removal budget and that those funds could be applied to correcting the deplorable condition of the roads now. How convenient that the mayor and CPW "director" were unavailable for comment!
TaliaTee February 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I live off of Moody, and am really upset by the state of the roads. It's impossible to get around, cars are getting stuck, the street isn't wide enough for emergency vehicles to fit through without going very, very slowly. Also, walkways aren't fully shoveled, forcing pedestrians to walk on main roads. The city should be ticketing home and business owners who are not clearing their walkways!
Walt77 February 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM
When are town hall meetings so that the public can directly ask the mayor and CPW director why the plowing wasn't already mostly done during the driving ban? We need to let them know that there's no excuse for this situation!
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM
There is one tonight at 8 p.m. at Waltham City Hall.
JohnnyMass February 11, 2013 at 02:41 PM
You could eat off the main streets (and most of the side roads) in Newton and Watertown, while Waltham's streets are a mess. One reason being that Newton and Watertown enforce their winter parking bans. If cars are parked back on the roads before they are cleared, the plows can't do the job. Put a temporary parking ban in place, and don't allow street parking until the roads are clear! You can't even shovel out the storm drains now (with rain on the way) with vehicles in the way.
Walt77 February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Thanks Ryan. Perhaps we could take all these comments and bring them to City Hall tonight at 8 pm? Well, that is, if we don't get stuck in the snow driving there!
Lydia Magill February 11, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Was absolutely disgusted to drive (never mind walk) through the deplorable and dangerous condition of Russell Street near Hannaford's on Sunday afternoon.
off.of.moody February 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Tell me about it! I could not get my car out of my driveway this morning coz there is so much snow on the side of the road that people have to park almost in the middle of the street. It is ridiculous.
moe howard February 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
@Ryan Will the meeting be televised live on Waltham channel tonite?
off.of.moody February 11, 2013 at 03:33 PM
They did as residents to move their cars off the road on Friday! They just did not plow at all since Saturday morning. Before the snow even stopped.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Yes, they all are.
off.of.moody February 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The entire south waltham is a mess. I work in north waltham and that looked a little bit better. Though it took me 45 mins to get to work.
Luis Rodriguez February 11, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Not only did they clear my street (Grove Street) I took my time to clear out my drive way on Saturday and Sunday! And open my walkway from my front door too the sidewalk and on too the street, as well as for my next door neighbors. But at 9 pm last night the (CPW) desided to do a last round of plowing which it way okay to begin with and they PUSH all the snow back into my driveway as well as my walkway! WHAT! did I do a good of a job then the CPW? Gee whiz!! no respect for TAX PAYER!
Kmd February 11, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Nothing will get done if you don't complain. Call the cpw 781-314-3855 or the mayors office 781-314-3100 or your city councilor and the councilors at large. If you don't it won't get done. They need to hear from you. Remember they work for you. You pay them to do their job
charliemingus February 11, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I was just driving in Waltham and I didn't see a single truck City truck. Where are they? The roads will be frozen by evening. Better keep your insurance agent's phone number handy for easy processing of your auto accident claims!
Jen P February 11, 2013 at 06:11 PM
No doubt there's an unusually lot of snow this round. Need the City to do what they did 2 years ago and take down the snow at intersections so one can see. Put it at snow farm. From Caldwell, Eddy, etc. can't see onto Weston St. to turn. Crazy.
Melissa S. Graves February 11, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Driving to work from Waltham to Watertown today was embarrasing. Crossing the town line into Watertown it looked as if they had an exra week or 3x as many people working to clear the snow. What the heck!?! My street was not plowed all throughout the storm - they came late Saturday night to dig us out but now my street looks better than Moody or Bacon or Plympton.
Anne Kelley February 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
It is so discouraging to try to run a business in our town. My clients need to park in the Crescent ST lot which is practically impassable and the sidewalks are rarely cleaned. The cars need to be removed after the storms so the plows can do their job.
Eric Hoffmann February 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Are we serious, I just saw two city workers in a parking lot talking in their plow trucks!!!!. When Cherry st is a discrace its over 48 hours after the snow has stopped. I think the mayor has no procedures set on how to deal w contractors and milking the taxpayers. I'll try to send a picture!
Bethv February 11, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I live on Brown street and as of this morning it was still snow covered. There is no excuses as to why the streets in Waltham look they way they do when Lexington is down tot he pavement. We have not had to use hardly any resources this year for snow and there was a 24 hour driving band. Positively disgusting that the streets still look like they do. This is nothing new to us.. we get snow every year ! I would also love to thank the plow drivers for plowing the snow AGAINST the cars at whittemore school instead of the otherside. It took about three hours to get to my car the other night.
Bethv February 11, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Parking band was in effect on Friday at 10am no parking... They snow had barely started at that point.... there is no excuses for the streets to look like they do. Cars were moved on my street and it still was not done to anyone's satisfaction.
Joseph G. Paquette February 11, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Here is a thought ... after traveling past Shaws and another new bank location, dark & shuttered, slogging down one (1) lane with plenty of snow underneath ..took a right into Lexington and found dry, DRY backtop and onto Arlington where restaurants were full, parking lots were overflowing with customers coming and going. After three (3) days of forced non action over a weekend, people were out and about on Sunday evening but in Arlington restaurants! How did the Restaurant Row on Waltham's Moody Street due on Sunday evening or the Landmark Theater? Waltham could have all that economic additive if people can travel out and about in a timely manner when they want to.
ij4239 February 12, 2013 at 03:13 AM
The mayor and Dpw should be embarrassed what a horrible job but thats what you get when you hire subcontractors who don't give a #!*&"\ and are to busy making calls while plowing. When will we finally be fed up with this incompetent mayor!
Maria February 12, 2013 at 04:23 AM
My kids bus stop has not even been cleaned the sidewalk is covered in snow!! Where are they supposed to stand in the middle of the street. Waltham should be ashamed.
Tina February 12, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I turned on the Waltham channel (Ch. 8) at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, thinking that the city council meeting would still be running. Instead, there was a repeat of the January 24 meeting regarding the Polaroid site, followed by a re-run of the Grover Cronin's demolition. I could not attend the council meeting in person because I am disabled with MS and use a walker. That might have been a risky challenge, given the condition of the sidewalks and parking lots! Please provide an update on tonight's council meeting, if it occurred.
Tina February 12, 2013 at 05:32 AM
If you cannot drive your kids to school on Tuesday, keep them home! While watching the local newscasts tonight, I saw a long list of school cancellations crawling by on the bottom of the screen. Many other cities and towns are more concerned than Waltham is about the safety of their children!
Fish February 14, 2013 at 04:43 PM
We had to be in Waltham last Sunday, what a mess. Prior to being in Waltham we were in Westford, Hudson,Marlboro, Sudbury and had no issues. As soon as we hit the Waltham line the world changed. Even Moody street was awful. Shame on somebody in Waltham owes the residents a huge apology and details on what will be done to eliminate similar issues in the future, it was a failure beyond comparison


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