Highway crew praised for work plowing roads, at all hours, during a busy January

Posted 4 February 2019 at 1:11 pm


A huge thank you to the extraordinary road crew of the Town of Gaines during the month of January! Seven days a week, this crew was excellent at keeping roads safe during horrible weather conditions.

Every day, decisions must be made while most of us are still asleep. I live where a road terminates and while still half asleep I learn each day of that day’s weather just by the timing of the snow plow or sander turning off that road onto our road as it heads toward the canal bridge, turns around and heads right past my house again heading north.

If there has been snow accumulating during the night I will hear and see the light from the plow making its turn between 5-5:30 in the morning.

If the roads just need salting or pushing back I will hear that done by no later than 6:30. And, as a courtesy, if the driver notices an unusual situation, there is helpful notification made to a resident.

Of course, the county and state crews are out doing their work also. I am sure that I speak for residents of all our Orleans County towns. Thanks for getting up so early and doing such a great job almost 24 hours each day. Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring, but no matter, I am sure we all can count on our road crews!

Karen Watt