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Waltham plows working to clear all local roads by Saturday night

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 9, 2013 02:45 PM

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A Waltham Department of Public Works employee said that the city's plows have been working around the clock to make sure local roads, which received a two-plus foot dump of snow in the past 24 hours, are able for travel by car Saturday night.

"We're working right now to make sure that all roads should be passable by tonight," the dispatcher, who declined to be named, said. "After that, we'll still be working on cleaning the roads up and widening them."

The employee said while there were a fair amount of cars getting stuck in the road on hilly areas during the height of the storm, there were no major fires or snow-related emergencies in Waltham to report.

He also said that although preparing for the storm proved challenging, plows and officials planning for the snowfall were able to carry on without a hitch.

"We hadn’t a storm like this for the last 10-plus years, especially with the size of the storm and the speed in which it came down," the employee said. "Trying to stay ahead was challenging, but we were able to handle it."

Waltham officials also issued a city-wide parking ban on Friday, towing cars parked on the street so that plows could help clear the roads.

"It's been very smooth on the towing front," the employee said. "There hasn't been as many as past times."

Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon he was partially lifting a statewide travel ban and the ban would be completely lifted at 4 p.m., 24 hours after he first imposed it.

Nearly 400,000 people statewide have lost power due to the storm. Waltham only saw abut a dozen without power by 2 p.m. Saturday.

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