Seriously, this is not a rhetorical question. Is there anybody actually running this town or are we on auto pilot?
Who makes decisions on what sidewalks get shoveled? And in what order? And what criteria do they use to choose the order? Wouldn't public safety be the very first concern? Shovel the most used, most important walks first? Wouldn't a bridge be most important so that on a very busy bridge (or an underpass as the case may be), a pedestrian wouldn't have to walk in the roadway with cars and trucks?
I am livid tonight! Absolutely out of my mind livid!
I had to run an errand in my truck tonight, a trip to the store and bank. Normally I would walk, but I had to deliver an instrument to the music shop.
I like to walk around town for exercise at night, so I drove the route I planned to walk later to check out the sidewalk situation.
Mill Street was my first disappointment. The Mill Street bridge and sidewalk on each side of it was NOT SHOVELED. Nor was the sidewalk between Hilton Street and Foreman. Nor was the Foreman Street bridge .... NOT SHOVELED. The underpass at the end of Main Street Bridge .... NOT SHOVELED. Nor was the walkway on Barbour is it? NOT SHOVELED. Nor was the sidewalk near the medical building behind the public library, NOT SHOVELED.
We have several major walkways in town not shoveled, and the snow stopped falling sometime last night! All day today pedestrians had to push their way through knee deep snow, and in places it was thigh deep!
But then I found a walk way I expected to be unshoveled, but was clear down to the bare pavement! The clearest sidewalk in Bradford! (SEE BELOW!)
Sidewalk heading toward City Hall near Post Office- NOT SHOVELED!
Underpass at the end of Main Street north side- NOT SHOVELED!
Underpass on Main Street south side- NOT SHOVELED! (Buried fire hydrant)
Other side of underpass near Tops, a very busy pedestrian walk- NOT SHOVELED!
Foreman Street Bridge- Used by many walkers- NOT SHOVELED! VERY DANGEROUS!
Between Hilton and Foreman- many pedestrians use this- NOT SHOVELED!
Mill Street Bridge- very dangerous! Busy pedestrian walk way- NOT SHOVELED!
Mill Street bridge- very narrow, busy and NOT SHOVELED!
Sidewalk near Mill Street Bridge- NOT SHOVELED!
Barbour Street behind medical building- NOT SHOVELED!
Barbour Street sidewalk- NOT SHOVELED!
Behind medical building on Barbour Street- pedestrians climbed over waist deep snow- NOT SHOVELED!
Mill Street Bridge - NOT SHOVELED!
AMAZING! The ornamental, "BRIDGE TO NO-WHERE" SHOVELED DOWN TO BARE PAVEMENT!
The bridge that isn't even officially open yet is shoveled right down to the deck!
This just floored me! I drove and walked all around town and found sidewalk after sidewalk, and bridge after bridge not shoveled, but then when I got to the *NOT OFFICIALLY OPENED YET* Bradford's own, ornamental BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, the dam thing was shoveled down to the bare pavement! THE ONLY BARE PAVEMENT IN TOWN I MIGHT ADD!
Who, pray tell decided to shovel the unopened bridge to nowhere BEFORE major thoroughfares that are used by many, many pedestrians in very busy areas? Walkways that lead to and from downtown, MAJOR ROUTES like Main Street, Foreman/Hilton Street and Mill Street, are unplowed as of 5:30PM Thursday night, and the dam, ornamental, unopened, redundant, bridge to nowhere was shoveled better than any spot in Bradford! PLEASE tell me that the city did not do this!
The bridge to nowhere was bare, while pedestrians had to risk life and limb to cross the Foreman Street Bridge, the Mill Street bridge and the access to Main Street, and Barbour Streets, just to name a few! How did this happen? Who is in charge?
Can we not do better than this?