Are Reading Roads Clear?

Tell us about the condition of the roads in Reading.

After the blizzard of '13, Reading has over two feet of snow on the ground. We've heard some complaints about the roads in Reading. Are they still covered in snow? Are the roads plowed yet?

Tell us what you think about the condition of the roads in the comments section below. Should the town have more plows out? 

Ron Powell February 10, 2013 at 05:21 PM
The conditions of Reading's roads are worse than any surrounding town. Wakefield's worst roads are better plowed than Reading's best. Main Street in Reading is plowed to the pavement, but side roads? Good luck.
Nancy R Wood February 10, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I agree. The roads in Reading are a mess. Case in point Haverhill Street. In North Reading it's down to clear pavement. Once you enter Reading ruts and uneven all the way to rotary. I attempted to go to the post office on Haven Street by way of 28. Good luck just trying to mail a letter. Some poor soul got out of their car in the middle of the road and climbed the snow back. Not me I headed back to North Reading PO. You are also taking your chances trying to turn onto Woburn Strret
David Branga February 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I worked in Billerica for awhile and they had a bad rep for poor snow removal. I used to rave about Reading, However, our roads are worse than Billerica! They are horrible!
Dennis February 10, 2013 at 09:10 PM
The last plow I saw working was at 10am yesterday. Pearl St from Salem St to Charles St is horrible. Middlesex Ave near Lowell St horrible, Lowell Street horrible. The only snow cleanup today is by divine intervention....the SUN!
Ron Powell February 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Thank goodness for solar radiation and warmer temperatures, but the resulting melt created flooded sections on Main Street. Some spots on Main Street were covered in water six inches deep. I know that everyone is working very hard, but I just think that we can do better. I know plowmen work very long shifts -- usually 20 hours or more, and apparently 36 hours in the case of this storm -- but we needed staggered shifts utilizing DPW workers, or even private contractors to cover the last 24 hours. There were some trucks out last night, but they appeared to be driving right by areas that seemed to me to be hotspots -- the intersections of Main/Summer and Main/Forest, for example.
resreading February 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The roads in town are AWFUL!! I havent seen a plow/equipment in my area of town since friday night,early saturday morning & not one all day today.What's going on?? Is this an money(overtime) issue at the DPW??
J Sardone February 11, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Roads are terrible. Temple street where the midde Parker School has been plowed once since Friday. Summer Avenue is at some points impassable. The condictions area deplorable.
Rick Hagman February 11, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Reading Asphalt did a terrible job plowing. I did not see any town trucks. Worst town roads I was in yesterday. The town should be ashamed. Please call the town barn to complain!
Joe Veno February 11, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Do not blame your plow drivers. The reason North Readings roads are always so good is because North Reading pre treats the roads before the storm starts. If Reading did this it would help a lot.
Liz February 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Abysmal. Very disappointing.
SMS February 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Reading pretreats their roads.
Mike Upton February 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I live on Main Street, and am used to losing my mailbox. How is it that most of the North side of Main is plowed to a lane and a half in each direction, but they still managed to take my box again. And why is it that they owned the roads for 24 hours, due to the driving ban, and did such a horrible job. 10 years ago we had a 20" plus storm, no driving ban, and didn't have this problem. It wasn't even heavy wet snow. I'm still furious.
Ron Powell February 12, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I've lived in Reading for 12 years, and this is the first year that it seems like it has been a problem. The Town had a similar problem with the storm on December 28-29. Many roads were left untouched for eight, nine, even ten hours.


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