Contractors clear snow clogged streets in Cheektowaga

A front-end loader dumps snow into a dump truck at Carol Drive and E. Delavan Avenue on January 31, 2019. Contractors were called in to help Cheektowaga clear snow-clogged streets after a snowstorm. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A front-end loader dumps snow into a dump truck at Carol Drive and E. Delavan Avenue on January 31, 2019. Contractors were called in to help Cheektowaga clear snow-clogged streets after a snowstorm. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – An army of contractors went to work Thursday morning to help the Cheektowaga Highway Department clear snow-clogged streets in North Cheektowaga.

Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner tells Cheektowaga Chronicle several dozen front-end loaders, and even more dump trucks were contracted out to clear the jam-packed streets.

Contractors work to clear Preston Road during a lake effect snowstorm on January 31, 2019.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Contractors work to clear Preston Road during a lake effect snowstorm on January 31, 2019.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The crews focused their attention on the old build part of town where streets resemble those in the City of Buffalo.  First, the side streets around E. Delavan Avenue and later those off of Walden Avenue near Pine Ridge Road.

Many residents need to park on the narrow streets.  Even with alternative parking rules in place, there wasn’t any more room to push the 20 inches of snow that fell during the storm.

“So much snow came down, and the plows can’t get it over the banks any longer.  Don’t forget, we only have two days to do all this with the rain coming Saturday,” said Mr. Wegner.

Two snowblowers were also contracted to help highway workers with storm cleanup.  Mr. Wegner says they were able to open up George Urban Boulevard and Dick Road overnight and they’ll work on opening up Borden Road, French Road, and Losson Road all day and night Thursday.

“They’ll go right around the clock, and then we’ll cut them loose because our mains will be done,” he said.

Crews will be moving into the Towers neighborhood overnight into Friday as the threat of flooding looms on everyone’s mind.

Dump trucks line E. Delavan Avenue on January 31, 2019 after contractors were called in to help Cheektowaga clear snow-clogged streets after a snowstorm. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Dump trucks line E. Delavan Avenue on January 31, 2019, after contractors were called in to help Cheektowaga clear snow-clogged streets after a snowstorm. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

“We’re going in at 2 am tonight to widen the roads, but not to haul out.  That’ll be done with crews that we pick up, but we have to get the [storm] receivers open,” he said.  “Hopefully we can get a lot of the snow off of the streets so when the rain does come there isn’t any flooding.”

The town had to rely on outside help to haul away the snow because Mr. Wegner says it doesn’t have the resources.

“We only have four trucks that we can haul snow because everything else has salters in them and plows on them.  We don’t have the resources to haul that snow ourselves,” he added.  “These guys will go in and blow that stuff out like nothing.”

If you see the contractors working on your street, he says to stay away.

“The machines are so big, and they have a hard time seeing people walking behind them.  If a car pulls up behind them; it’s hard to see.”

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