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Town: Light Snow, Strong Winds Made Plowing Difficult

Smithtown Highway Supervisor said all town roads should be passable.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Soft, powder-like snow and gusting winds left Town of Smithtown's Highway Department crews second-guessing which roads had yet to be plowed after Winter Storm Hercules.   

Smithtown Highway Supervisor Glenn Jorgensen said all town roads are in "very good" shape as of 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, but only after a long night of battling against Mother Nature. 

"It was a tough night with a lot of wind and snow. Only now that the snow has stopped and winds have calmed down we can clear the roads," Jorgensen said. 

Smithtown was blanketed with nearly 9 inches of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Center, and wind gusts may cause higher drifts in spots. 

Jorgensen said he had his entire fleet of 100 trucks, a mix of plows and sanders, along with 40 hired contractors on the town's more than 500 miles of roadway throughout the night. 

"We did some areas 3 - 4 times during the night," he said. "We plowed them. We would go through them and come back 2 hours later, it was like we were never there. The snow was light and fluffy it just drifted." 

As of 3 p.m. Friday, Jorgensen said most of the town's roads should be plowed open from curb to curb. On average, it takes the town's highway department 4 to 5 hours after snow finishes to clear the streets, according to Jorgensen.

Town of Smithtown residents who live on dead ends or cul de sacs may have to wait a little bit longer, Jorgensen warned, as plows are instructed to put priority on main arteries, with dead ends residential roadways lowest on the list. 

The highway supervisor said the town will keep plows and sanders running on Friday night, as low temperatures raise concerns about possible icing of the roadways. He encouraged drivers to be careful and stay home if possible. 

Those residents whose streets have not seen a plow at all or need access in case of an emergency can call the town's Highway Department at 631-360-7500. 

Harry January 04, 2014 at 07:36 AM
By "Most town roads, curb to curb" I hope Jorgenson meant main roads. My neighborhood is never plowed curb to curb and I probably won't see blacktop, crumbled at that, until it rains on Sunday. But please, Keep raising my taxes!
ralph January 04, 2014 at 11:52 AM
is it too early to ask for our street to be paved this year hasn't been done since1976
Harry January 04, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Exactly, LOL!
Billie B January 04, 2014 at 01:16 PM
My street was NOT plowed to the curb. Nor was the corner. Very sloppy work. Where are the guys from 3 winters ago. They were great. Excellent work at that time. Not now.
swataz January 04, 2014 at 03:26 PM
I see I am not alone. I am not sure what changed, as they used to clean the snow right up to the curb, but I think after smashing our mailboxes a few times they are all curb-shy now. There's a nice 7-foot swath of snow in front of my curb.
Red January 04, 2014 at 04:08 PM
I guess they don't like comments about there crappy job seeing how it was removed in 5 minutes!!!! THEY DIDNT PLOW MY COURT!!!!!!!!!
knee jerk January 05, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Most neighborhoods in Smithtown don't have curbs, or sidewalks for that matter, with an occasional streetlight that cycles on and off constantly.They want that rustic, country kind of look and installing curbs would destroy that look and make Smithtown "look like Queens." "Nothing can be done."
Harry January 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Knee Jerk, What the heck are you talking about?
knee jerk January 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM
@Harry: The lack of any infrastructure improvements in Smithtown in the last 40 years or so.
Harry January 05, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Infrastructure being sidewalks and curbs? Anyway, What does this have to do with plowing our crumbling roads?
swataz January 05, 2014 at 04:10 PM
After this winter of warm-ups and flash freezes along with the snow and rain, the roads will be gravel by spring. The Highway Department has its work cut out for it!
knee jerk January 05, 2014 at 08:49 PM
@Harry: To plow "curb to curb" you must first have curbs.
Harry January 05, 2014 at 09:22 PM
So your biggest concern is that you don't have a curb? Was one there when you bought or rented your property?
knee jerk January 06, 2014 at 01:25 PM
@Harry: Can you see your curbs now(Mon 1:25 PM)?
Harry January 06, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Like I said earlier, I would see "CRUMBLED BLACKTOP" by Sunday and today is Monday so yes I can see my curbs. I gather you can't since you don't have any. Please get back to me since your posts keep getting more entertaining.
knee jerk January 06, 2014 at 04:26 PM
@Harry: I'm getting back to you as per your previous request, since you find them entertaining: OK, let's assume, for arguments sake, that you are right about the lousy plowing job and being able to see crumbling blacktop by Sunday after it rains. That leaves only your request, "But please, Keep raising my taxes". I'm sure that one will be duly noted at Town Hall and shouldn't be too hard to take of. In fact, they probably wish there were more taxpayers like yourself.
Harry January 06, 2014 at 08:56 PM
WOW! Now they are just sad. Have you ever heard of sarcasm?
knee jerk January 06, 2014 at 10:47 PM
WOW! Yes I have heard of sarcasm. Apparently neither one of us recognizes it when it is directed at us.

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