Town Plowing Operation Now Focused on Trouble Spots

Payloaders in Deer Park to help clear thick layer of ice on roads near the Tanger Outlets.

As cleanup from the massive blizzard continues, Town of Babylon officials say their focus Monday is to target trouble spots on the roadways with plows and payloaders. 

“While thankfully the temperature has warmed up today, we are still out in force working to clear the remaining snow and ice, as well as address the still dangerous road conditions,” Supervisor Rich Schaffer said in a statement. “I urge residents to continue to drive carefully, as in addition to layers of ice, the rain has caused additional flooding in spots.”

Sixteen Town trucks are on the roads targeting dead-ends, cleaning up corners and spreading salt and sand to prevent icing. 

Three heavy duty Town payloaders, as well as three others operated by contractors, are currently working on clearing compacted layers of ice on the Town's main roads.

The Northeast section of Town, specifically Long Island Avenue and Acorn Street and near the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park, are some of the roads in need of the most clearing, officials said, adding that some businesses in the industrial area used their own equipment to push snow into the street, which compounded the amount snow and ice on the roadway. 

The Town has already spread 300 tons of straight salt and 600 tons of a salt/sand mixture on the roadways. There were more than 130 plow vehicles on Town roads during the height of the storm. 

The milder temperatures Monday are helping to loosen up some of the ice on the roads, making it easier to remove, officials said. 

Residents can continue to call 311 to report trouble spots on the roads to the Town. That number is automatically routed to Public Safety department after business hours, officials said. 

Ginna Dawson Borah February 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM
OH YES..we really need Tanger area cleaned up. HOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR TAXES TO THE TOWN OF BABYLON!!! NOT Tanger who backs out of paying their share because boohoo no one wants to rent from them...piss on you Tanger! I WANT MY STREET DONE and where it counts AT MY KIDS SCHOOLS so I don't slide into the parking lot dropping him off! SHAME ON TOWN OF BABYLON for taking stores over residents.
Allison February 11, 2013 at 09:17 PM
When they say Tanger area they also mean surrounding area like Long Island Avenue. It was closed this morning because the roads were treacherous making it impossible to get to the Long Island Rail Road. I do agree that they need to work on residential areas but I am very happy that they are working on Long Island Avenue as well. Hopefully tomorrow I can get to work!
Mark Stone February 12, 2013 at 01:48 PM
The town of Babylon has done an outstanding job. I am a life long resident and the streets were never this good after a storm. I'm sure some are not in great shape but this was an unprecedented storm. Lets not speak of the disaster in other towns. And in my opinion people should get all the facts before they start talking. While we all may not like Tanger it is better than other options and does keep our tax base a little more stable. And to plow there is really 2 streets. Great Job to the Town of Babylon workers and supervisors in DPW
Richard Irizarry February 12, 2013 at 08:29 PM
The Town of Babylon and Richard Schaffer did a Phenominal job of organizing and conducting snow Removal in our community. We are very fourtunate to have leaders who really take pride in their job! I am very proud to live in N.Babylon and all you have to do is turn on the News to find out How lucky we are!


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