Erasing Traces of Nika to Make Room for Pax: Greenwich DPW Preps the Roads

For a week, walls of ice left over from Storm “Nika” lingered at the foot of driveways and in awkward blobs along side streets. Where parked cars  dug out just enough to drive away, obstacles left behind in the roadway wreaked havoc on bumpers and undercarriages. But it might have gotten worse with the anticipated 10″ of Pax snow en route.

But on Wednesday, in anticipation of Storm “Pax,”  the rock hard piles of snow were no match for Greenwich’s road crews.

Around noon the “L” streets — Lincoln, Lawrence and Lexington —  were paid a welcome visit by a trucks working in tandem with a smaller vehicle armed with a feature akin to a farmer’s rototill.

As the blades sliced through the rock-hard mounds, pulverized ice shot from a tall spout and into the adjacent truck bed. At the end of the road an even bigger dump waited in the wings.

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Tackling mounds of ice on Lincoln Ave in central Greenwich in Wednesday, in anticipation of Storm “Pax.” Credit: Leslie Yager

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Like a farmer’s rototill, this vehicle made swift work of the mounds of ice on Lawrence Street in central Greenwich on Wednesday. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Working in tandem the small vehicle tilled the ice and shot it out of a spout into the dump truck on Lawrence Street. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Indeed, as residents braced for “Pax,” the Greenwich DPW road crews were a sight for sore eyes on Wednesday, and it only took a drive over the state line into Port Chester to appreciate the contrast. A check of about a dozen sidestreets revealed mounds of ice that will soon be buried under fresh snow. New York drivers beware.

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In neighboring Port Chester, NY, on Wednesday afternoon, side streets had icy piles lining the side streets and not a DPW plow in sight. Credit: Leslie Yager

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In neighboring Port Chester, NY, on Wednesday afternoon, side streets had icy piles lining the side streets and not a DPW plow in sight. Credit: Leslie Yager

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In neighboring Port Chester, NY, on Wednesday afternoon, side streets had icy piles lining the side streets and not a DPW plow in sight. Credit: Leslie Yager

  • Tina Aronson

    Good for our town!