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Vavrek: All of Monroe's Roads Are Passable

Though Monroe's roads are open, many employees from surrounding towns cannot make it to work, leading to a number of closings for Monday.

A blizzard buried the town on Friday, but many hours of plowing and a few broken down trucks later, Highway Department crews made all of Monroe's roads passable, according to First Selectman Steve Vavrek.

Since 2 p.m. on Sunday, he said 100% of the roads had become passable for emergency vehicles with most to the full extent.

"I'm very proud of our DPW for getting the roads open," Vavrek said Sunday night. "These guys did a great job getting things up and running," he added of the maintenance on trucks that broke down during the effort. "I just give credit to our DPW."

However, due to the continued struggle in surrounding towns to clear roadways, Vavrek said a number of town and Board of Education employees are unable to make it to work.

Earlier on Sunday, Supt. of Schools James Agostine announced the closing of schools for Monday and the first selectman added other closings, including Monroe Town Hall offices, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Monroe Senior Center.

Vavrek sent out an email at 8:47 p.m. on Sunday to say his budget presentation is still on for Monday night in the Masuk High School media center at 6:30.

The first selectman asks residents to drive safely and to be considerate of their neighbors while clearing their driveways.

"Please don't plow your driveways into the road — and everybody keep safe," Vavrek said. "There are still some sight-line issues and we're trying to get those done ASAP."

Bill Bittar (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 01:53 AM
First Selectman Steve Vavrek initially said his budget presentation would be postponed, then sent out an email saying it will still be on for Monday. The story was changed to reflect that.
Walt February 11, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Thanks for all the hard work and long hours put in, you guys at PW are under appreciated.
Valerie Palmieri February 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Excellent job PW!! Friends from other towns can't believe how early our roads were passable..... Well done!
Citizen February 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I went to downtown Bridgeport this afternoon and the city is a disaster zone. The few roads that were plowed were not done well and many of the roads have not been touched. Monroe roads are by far in the best condition compared to the area towns. Hats off to the fantastic job by our Department of Public Works.
Wolfe February 11, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Just a few hours ago, I was in both Trumbull and Bridgeport. The roads in both were impassable. I could not believe what a horrible job the DPW's for both Trumbull and Bridgeport had done for their residents, as well as the people who must drive into and through those towns. Because of what I saw today, I would like to extend a hand of gratitude and say THANK YOU to Monroe's DPW for the comparably wonderful road work that they have done. Thank you, guys!!!
Terry K February 11, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I have friends in Trumbull, Fairfield, and Bpt, who are still waiting for their streets to be plowed. Kudos to Monroe's DPW for a job well done!!! One of the deepest snows ever, and you got our town up and running within such a short amount of time. Thank you!
Mary Ellen February 11, 2013 at 03:51 AM
YAY Monroe DPW!! You guys are the best.......thank you!!!
Geezer February 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Great Job - Thank You and a special Thank You to your families
M.K. Jeeves February 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I had to travel on Saturday afternoon to pick up my wife in Bridgeport. My short cul-de-sac street was perfectly plowed. I made it all the way to the 25 connector and all was well. The connector was one crooked lane and cars were well off the road and abandoned. The only exit that was cleared for use was Exit 1 in Bridgeport. Downtown was like a war zone. It took me an hour to drive one mile on Main Street. When I picked her up, there was no way out. We had to sleep overnight at her job-site and we limped home on Sunday. It's impossible to describe how bad the roads were. Monroe DPW wins the gold medal. The silver and bronze will not be awarded locally this year. Great job, guys.
Cristina Tiago February 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Great Job... Amazing ... Thank U And To Your Families...
Norma B. February 11, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Steve V. and town employees, especially those in DPW, God bless you for all the hard work and effort you've put into keeping us safe. What an amazing job you have done!!! As many above have stated, I too have family and friends in other towns, Bpt, Fairfield, Stratford, and Shelton, they still have huge problems getting around, that is, if they can get out of their homes. Thanks to you and your families for your sacrifices and hard work. God bless you.
Alex February 11, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Nice job DPW! Can't believe how other towns still don't have all their roads plowed. Clearly Monroe DPW planned ahead.
Janice Holmes February 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Monroe DPW has done an awesome job clearing the roads. Having to go to Bridgeport Hospital for work was a mess. Once leaving Monroe, it was hard to believe how bad roads continue to be in other towns. Many coworkers cannot get to the hospital for work due to unplowed roads and many of those at work still cannot get home. Thank you Monroe employees for such a quick and thorough response to the Blizzard of 2013!!
Joan February 11, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Great job DPW! We used to live in Shelton and can not believe the differnce in Towns. Heard from some old neighbors in Shelton and they have not seena plow since the storm started. Thank you MONROE!
blackie February 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Very good job indeed Monroe DPW. Most of the other towns and cities are still completely snowed under!
donna miller February 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
A heart felt...thanks a million to the DPW of Monroe........thumbs up for sure!! Now get some well deserved rest YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME
Big Boy February 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Great job Monroe DPW! Had no problem getting out and about when I had to. Thanks to all involved in the blizzard clean up.
QWERTY February 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Countless friends and family out of town were trapped for at least 24-48 hours in their homes. Our street was accessible within hours, great job.
Mary Ellen February 12, 2013 at 03:11 AM
So, if Monroe DPW can clear all our streets so quickly and efficiently, then what is the problem with all these other towns?
Annie N February 12, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I agree, Monroe DPW has done well, especially compared to our neighboring towns, but the job isn't over. Many side streets still need 6feet or more of snow removed. I hoped to see plows out today but didn't in our area or while running errands. I hope they get this finished up soon, my husband mentioned a new storm possibly hitting this weekend.
Walt February 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM
There's no cars parked on the roads

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