Northampton running out of places for snow

The city has surpassed its snow removal budget

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city might resort to dumping snow into Boston Harbor. The snow banks present a real challenge for drivers, and where Northampton faces the same issue: where they’re allowed to dump it.

The snow piled up quickly in downtown Northampton. Last Thursday, the DPW loaded those piles into trucks and brought it to an empty lot on King Street. The city has been dumping gigantic piles of snow there all winter.

After Monday’s storm, snow is piling up in downtown Northampton yet again, and many drivers said it’s not easy to see around.

Caroline Babinski of Southampton said, “This morning was tough, people were definitely pulling out into intersections trying to see past them. But, like I said, it’s hard to see, and they’re doing the best they can.”

Mayor Narkewicz told 22News the city has spent nearly a half a million dollars on snow removal, from salt and sand to equipment and labor. The city’s ice and snow budget is around $425 thousand, so the city council had no choice but to approve deficit spending.

As for residents, they’ve been shoveling snow onto bushes and trees, because there’s simply no place else to put it.

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