Can't Plow Fast Enough

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 16, 2007 at 11:11 PM EDT

After being delayed by the blizzard in Pennsylvania, truck driver Scott Loomis was eager to get home to Binghamton.

"I thought when I got home the roads in Binghamton would be clear. I got into town and they're not," says Loomis.

Loomis says he wants to see the pavement, not snow on Leroy Street.

"We're slipping and sliding all over the place."

Murray Street in Binghamton is a one way street.

But with all the snow and slush, some people say there's no way.

"It's so slippery. This is a lot of snow on the roads. I feel bad for people who don't have four wheel drive," says Brennan.

"It's tough just walking here on Seminary Avenue in Binghamton.

People say driving on it, isn't any easier.

"I had to go 5 miles an hour so I wouldn't skid. They plowed our street and it still looks like it snowed yesterday," says Jennie Murphy of BInghamton.

"It's just a never ending battle. No matter what we do its not good," says Gerry Jones of Binghamton Public Works.

Binghamton's Street Supervisor Gerry Jones and Public Works Commissioner Luke Day have heard all the complaints.

Day says resources are stretched thin, but the crews are doing all they can.

"They've been working around the clock. Some of them are getting tired, but they're willing to work some more," says Day.

Day says crews were also slowed because they had to wait for more than 100 illegally parked cars to be towed from the streets.

The public works department tells frustrated people they're responding to their complaints.

They ask for patience as they scrape through the remaining snow and ice.

Day says the department has been receiving several calls about having no place to go with the snow.

Over the next few days the city says it will collect the big snow drifts and pile them in the NYSEG baseball stadium parking lot.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.