Drivers along Broadway found the stretch of route 97 difficult to navigate. (Photograph by Marc Lemay.)
Mayor Says He Agrees with Complaints; Blames Equipment Problems
Haverhill’s 3-1-1 call center was jammed Wednesday with 325 complaints about the city’s snowplowing efforts.
Major thoroughfares, such as Broadway, Main Street and Newton Road, were caked with snow, creating ongoing pothole-like traveling. The problem became very apparent to those entering or leaving the city where adjacent communities cleared to the pavement. Mayor James J. Fiorentini blamed equipment failures and residents who chose to park on the street.
“No one was happy with the conditions of the road today—not me, not (Public Works Director) Mike Stankovich or anyone,” the mayor told WHAV. “I drove for two hours around the city. I was not happy about the conditions,” he added.
Fiorentini said two graders broke down during the snow clearing operation following Tuesday’s major storm. While one was repaired quickly, the other remained sidelined. A replacement was out on city streets by 3, Wednesday afternoon.
Adding to problems, Fiorentini said, were resident who parked on both sides of the road, despite the city’s odd-side parking requirement.
However, “I’m not blaming anyone other than myself,” the mayor said. He told WHAV he plans to convene a meeting Thursday with Stankovich and Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro.