Big dig-out exposes major differences in cities, suburbs

March 15, 2017 06:18 PM

After the snow stops falling, how long does it take before the roads are drivable where you live?

If people didn't already recognize differences between city and suburban living, the aftermath of a major snowstorm seems to underscore a very significant difference.

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Danny Armstrong was up at the crack of dawn with a shovel in hand and an exhausting job in front of him -- to dig out two cars from beneath two-feet of snow.

"We have to move the cars to the other side of the street, so I'm hoping they clean up that side of the street before it comes time," noted Armstrong.

Cleaning up the city streets isn't exactly what city residents are seeing, at least not yet. Just ask Owusu Anane, who spent his day helping neighbors dig out.

"It hasn't even been plowed yet. I don't know what the suburbs looks like right now, but I will say this city is definitely not where I would expect it to be," he suspected.

An inspection tour driving through the car-cluttered city streets bears out Anane's critique: they're deeply rutted, snow-packed, and slippery. Even commercially zoned Delaware Avenue can be treacherous. Alternating one-way traffic will only work when one driver is willing to yield.

Just across the Normanskill Bridge in the town of Bethlehem, Delaware Avenue is wet, but the pavement is more prominent.

"The main roads are clear. The side roads are horrible," noted Liz McCauslin of Bethlehem.

She says she speaks from experience when pointing out the distinct difference between city and suburban streets following a snowstorm.

"I was born and raised out here and when I married, we lived in the city for 12 years and I hated it. I couldn't wait to get back out here," she admitted.

In the village of Menands, Van Rensselaer Boulevard is in primo condition less than 24 hours after the storm. Jerry Pucci, who was out with the snowblower, likes that even if there's a drawback living on a main thoroughfare.

NewsChannel 13’s Dan Levy asked him how long it would take to dig out. He predicted about two hours total.

A snow emergency was getting underway in Albany Tuesday at 8 p.m.

More information:

Capital Region snow emergencies


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