Keeping rural roads clear during heavy snowfall

By Kelly McCarthy

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM EDT

Masonville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Heavy snowfall is handled a little differently in smaller towns and villages. But for some people traveling around Delaware County, the day isn't ruined because of another snowy forecast.

"Whatever falls out of the sky is what we have to deal with," said Pat Phillips of Masonville.

People still traveled to the Masonville Quickway and post office Thursday afternoon.

"This is what you expect from winter," said Greg Rutler the Masonville Postmaster. "You just got to take it and roll with it and do what you can with it."

But those who live on the lesser-traveled roads have to take caution.

"The towns roads are different, they're not straight like Interstate-88," said Highway Superintendent Chuck Smith.

Masonville's Highway Department says during heavy snowfall plow drivers’ time their routes to when school buses will be traveling the roads.

"We try and get out before the school buses go out," said Deputy Highway Superintendent Gordie Finch, "Try and make it safe for them."

The town has five plows that cover more than 50 miles of road and most of the roads are the smaller town roads that tend to be less-traveled and narrower.

"Of course it's been like an old-fashioned winter," Smith said, "It has not been an easy one like the last two years. So we have been going out and plowing more."

Town roads are usually narrower and have steep hills; they also have personal property to watch out for.

"On our roads we got mailboxes," Smith said, "They're close to the road so that becomes an issue."

But on the plus side, Finch and his coworkers said they rarely see traffic on the roads they keep safe.