Northampton struggles to keep sidewalks snow free

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The sounds of plowing, snow blowing, and shoveling are becoming familiar in Northampton.

After clearing their driveways, residents are required to clear the sidewalks in front of their house, or face a fine.

Joseph DeBlase told 22News he doesn’t mind shoveling. It only becomes a problem when plows come by and push the snow from the street back up to his driveway. “If you ask my wife she would tell you that the guy who plows our street doesn’t like her because he always plows into our driveway,” he said.

Northampton resident Mac Everett said he has learned to wait until the plows are finished to even try to shovel his driveway and sidewalk. “The plows, they want to get the snow as far off the road as they can so sometimes they push it pretty hard and pretty fast and if you’ve done your shoveling it just waves up over the hump,” he said.

22News caught up with Marilyn Purdy on her way to work. She said even with the ordinance, many still don’t bother to clear their sidewalks, creating danger for pedestrians. “It’s challenging at times, sometimes it’s nice and clear other times it’s no attempt at all. It takes longer and there’s a possibility of falling,” she said.

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