By Jeff ‘JHo’ Hoyland
After a week of plowing nearly two feet of snow off the town roads, Bedford’s Department of Public Works began to clear the sidewalks. Valentine’s Day was devoted to clearing the sidewalks on The Great Road, particularly in the business districts.
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Walkways on the north side of The Great Road were finished by 3 pm. Although, the snow was mostly “fluffy” on residential driveways, the combination of road salt, warming temperatures, and four lanes of traffic, created piles of snow that were too high for the standard snow-blower and required a larger snow plow specifically designed to clear sidewalks.
Residential main roads like Brooksbie Road, Page Road, Old Billerica Road, and Burlington Road had not been touched, except for the occasional good-hearted resident who cleared the sidewalk in front of their property. Pedestrians who wished to traverse these roads were required to trudge through with high boots, or snowshoes. The other option was to walk on the roadway.
Pedestrians who wished to traverse these roads were required to trudge through with high boots, or snowshoes; the other option was to walk on the roadway.
With the potential for increased foot traffic during February vacation beginning on Monday, residents can help the DPW — and pedestrians — by pulling out their snow-blowers or old-fashioned shovels to clear the sidewalks.