I thank the Springfield Department of Public Works for a good job of clearing snow and ice from sidewalks this winter, often in troublesome storms. I also thank the town manager for ensuring it has been done; the board of selectmen for budgeting funds; and town voters for approving the funds for clear sidewalks.
The biggest recent improvement has been consistently clearing gaps in snow banks at crosswalks. This makes crossing streets much safer as well as more convenient, especially for young children and the elderly. It also appears that plows are clearing walks more frequently during storms. And many sidewalks have been cleared wider than used to be the norm.
Of course, it is impossible to have bare pavement always, but crews this winter have come remarkably close. And although a few property owners or their contractors still pile snow on cleared sidewalks, I hope they will soon realize how inconsiderate of their neighbors that is.