Friday, February 15, 2013
One reader was concerned about the melting snow and the salt and sand that is in the snow along roadways.
As the weather hits a balmy 40 plus degrees during the day, one reader was concerned about what happens to all the salt and other chemicals in the snow as it melts. “It all filters out through the system," said the City's General Foreman of Streets Kenneth Calder of the snow that melts into the city's storm drains. That water goes through a filtration process built into the storm drain system before it is diverted into any waterway, he said. Much of the other melting snow has much of the chemicals naturally filtered out of it as it melts directly into the ground, rather than into any waterway, said Calder. Receive breaking news in your inbox or on your smartphone by signing up for our newsletter here The city maintains a snow dump at the …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Chairs and other objects always pop up in shoveled-out spots after each snowstorm. Legally, there's no basis for it, but: is this a neighborhood rule where you live? Do you abide by the "he who dug it" code?
It all started with the parking ban the blizzard produced and now we have the perrenial conflict after any big snow storm in New England: claiming on-street parking spots after the dig out. While there's no legal basis for the practice, residents will often leave identifying markers in the parking spaces they've spent hours digging out. It is a tradition as close to the hearts of many New Englanders as hating the Yankees. Readers, we wanted to ask you: is this an unspoken rule in your neighborhood? Have you ever had a parking spot marker ignored? Taken another's space in a fit of desperation? Share your story and opinion with other readers in our comment section below.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The snow downtown disappeared overnight, but where does it go?
An overnight operation is responsible for the removal of snow downtown. City crews sweep in under the cover of dark beginning at 12 a.m. to clear the snow downtown and in the surrounding area. The snow is first pushed into rows by front loaders. Then a special machine — much like a household snowblower on a massive scale — moves through shooting the snow into dump trucks, said The City's General Foreman of Streets Kenneth Calder. Depending on the magnitude of the storm, an additional machine may be brought in to clear the snow. The snow is then taken back to a snow dump at the Department of Public Works facility.