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Readers: Roads Slick Around the City

Snow on South Avenue, Woodland Avenue and other streets in Melrose made commuting difficult Wednesday morning, according to reports on the Melrose Patch Facebook page.

Snow on South Avenue, Woodland Avenue and other streets in Melrose made commuting difficult Wednesday morning, according to reports on the Melrose Patch Facebook page.

On Wednesday morning, we asked our readers to tell us about the roads and any problematic areas they encountered during their commute in the city. Readers reported several streets that were slick from the snow that fell Wednesday morning.

Reader Betsy Benagh said, "Henry, West Highland, and Cliff were all slushy and slippery when I left just before 8 this morning, but Franklin was down to wet pavement. It seemed that the plows had not yet gotten to the side streets yet. West Highland was a little surprising, though, as the bus to the Charter school stops there, and we often get emergency vehicles using the street to get around the light at Franklin & Main."

"...Couldn't leave my driveway. South (Avenue), always the last to get a plow as we are on the Stoneham line," wrote Lisa Erickson Ouellette. "Tried (three) times to get up the hill."

Meanwhile, reader Phyllis Ki reportedly "slid onto (the) sidewalk on Main (Street)."

Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Melrosian Bonnie Butler-Richard provided this update: "The big hills at either end of Woodland (Avenue) have not been plowed and several vehicles have already slid and skidded down them. Very dangerous right now." Fellow reader Kathy Graham concurred with Butler-Richard, adding, "Woodland (Avenue) has always been slippery. I used to live at 51 Woodland (Avenue) until my dad passed in 2003."

Melrose resident Edith McGandy Ackerman wrote, "Public bus #131 slid all over the place in the Highlands, and on the East Side too — side streets not plowed at 8 a.m."

According to reader Diana Stanley, "Haverhill place (wasn't) plowed, couldn't get off the street. Kids were late" for school.

Did you have difficulty traveling in Melrose? Join the conversation by posting a comment below about your Wednesday morning commute.

Shane Egan January 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The roads around the schools were untouched this morning by plows. Sidewalks were icy and the driving was dangerous. We should have had a 2-hour delay this morning. I wonder if the fact that other towns in our immediate area were not delaying school had the "peer pressure effect" of doing nothing in Melrose...

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