Quick Question on Meadow Lane

Q’s post on WorcesterPolitics reminded me that I’ve never really understood the Meadow Lane situation.

Who’s responsible for plowing the Burns Bridge (that is, the Route 9 bridge that crosses Lake Quinsigamond)?  The state owns the bridge, the city is the nearest abutter (at least on the Worcester side of the bridge), and yet I noticed that the sidewalks on the bridge were pretty well cleared after Sunday’s snowstorm.

If I were a resident of Meadow Lane, I would ask why the state seems perfectly able to clear sidewalks on at least one property it owns, but seems more than willing to pass the buck on the sidewalk along Pleasant Street.

Does the city exempt the state from shoveling sidewalks that abut the courthouse and make the nearest neighbor — that is, the hotel — plow them out?  I don’t think so.

Does the city exempt the MassDOT office on Belmont Street from shoveling its sidewalks and instead make the nearest neighbor — that is, the Medical School — do the job instead?  I don’t think so.

So why is this case any different from those?

4 thoughts on “Quick Question on Meadow Lane

  1. Matt Brodeur says:

    “The good news is that there is no school this week, so there is no pressure to get the sidewalks cleaned today. That may wait until tomorrow so these guys can get a little rest.” ~Richard Sasseville, public works director http://goo.gl/zskvj

    There’s no school so apparently the handicapped must not need to get anywhere either?

  2. The Q says:

    There is absolutely no excuse for the city of worcester and an unsympathetic City Manager to set upon and harrass these upstanding elderly citizens while placing liens on their homes, unwarranted fines being issued and equally as disturbing is Bill Eddy the District City Councilor that purports to represent these contstituents to turn his back on them – where are the rest of the City Councilors by the way?

  3. jpm01609 says:

    I just love reading these non-stories all week (Obama goes for shaved ice with his kids! Reese Witherspoon engaged! wowwweeee) while the rest of America is sitting back eating leftovers, shoveling snow or entertaining relatives.

    It makes up for the fact that I didn’t get good stuff from Santa…jk

    Let’s force these old folks to live in igloos…maybe make igloos to house the homeless

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