Dartmouth focuses on clearing icy roadways

By Douglas McCulloch | Mar 14, 2017
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Greg Crane shovels slush off of a sidewalk in Padanaram.

The Dartmouth Department of Public Works still has its hands full combatting Mother Nature, despite snow predictions falling flat.

A Nor'easter dropped less than four inches of snow onto the South Coast, despite National Weather Service predictions of more than a foot. However, DPW Director David Hickox said his main concern is ice prep.

Hickox said he had 28 plows and other equipment clearing and treating streets in anticipation of freezing evening temperatures. However pre-storm, there was hardly any treatment necessary because there was still salt leftover on the roads from Friday’s storm, he said.

“As time went on, they downscaled [the forecast,]” Hickox said. “The snow ended sooner than expected.”

The Nor’easter had moved into Dartmouth in the morning, and produced heavy snow for several hours before turning into rain. As of 1:30 p.m., a trained weather spotter reported only 3.8 inches of snow in nearby New Bedford.

No major power outages were reported until 4 p.m., according to Eversource. As of 4:17 p.m., 411 customers were without power, but electricity was restored by 5 p.m, representatives said.

First responders only responded to one call — a medical assist at the height of the storm — said Fire District No. 1 Chief Brad Ellis. Dartmouth Police had no major storm-related calls either, according to spokesperson Det. Kyle Costa.

Dartmouth Public Schools will be in session on Wednesday, March 15, said Superintendent Bonny Gifford.

Route 6 devoid of traffic, but clear, as of 2:30 p.m. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloh)
Crews work to clear Dartmouth High School. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
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