Most town residents appear satisfied with the progress being made on clearing snow from Monroe roads, First Selectman Stephen J. Vavrek said on Sunday morning.
“Most roads are passable, except for three or four, and they are being done today,” Vavrek said at about 10:15 a.m., while taking a break from shoveling snow in his own driveway.
Still, Vavrek urged people to avoid driving unless it is necessary due to limited sight lines caused by the snow piled on the sides of roads.
“I’m following the governor’s lead in saying, ‘If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out.’ There’s still a lot of plowing work to be done, especially when it comes to clearing sight lines,” said Vavrek, who is serving as volunteer public works director on an interim basis.
“We just want to make it safer for our residents to get around,” he said. “A few of our secondary roads haven’t been completely done.”
Long day for crews on Saturday
Vavrek said Monroe crews were out Saturday from 10 a.m. — around when the snow stopped — to 6 p.m., and are back out on Sunday widening roads. They are being assisted by some private contractors.
He said municipal plows were used to clear state roads in Monroe on Saturday, partly because state crews understandably had to focus on limited-access highways and other major roads. State roads in Monroe are Route 25 (Main Street), Route 34 (Roosevelt Drive), Route 59 (Easton Road), Route 110 (Shelton Road) and Route 111 (Monroe Turnpike).