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Keeping the roads safe day and night

Having lived in the Mad River Valley and Moretown for many years, I would like to thank the Moretown road crew employees, as well as all of the road crew employees in Vermont. I have driven our roads with my vehicle and a school bus in every town in this school district, and all of the road crews have been very helpful and industrious in doing their job.

Having lived in the Mad River Valley and Moretown for many years, I would like to thank the Moretown road crew employees, as well as all of the road crew employees in Vermont. I have driven our roads with my vehicle and a school bus in every town in this school district, and all of the road crews have been very helpful and industrious in doing their job.

These employees are out in all kinds of weather -- no matter the day of the week, time of day, even holidays, when most of us are with our families -- to make sure that our roads are open and safe for all people to travel upon. Our roads are open for not only the traveling public to travel upon, but also for the fire and rescue people to travel upon if we need their help. These are dedicated people who deserve a very large thank you from each and every one of us. For without their dedication to their job we probably wouldn't be going many places. None of us are perfect, but these crews do a wonderful job and without complaining -- it is all part of their job.

Moretown has a great many dirt roads. In fact, the only roads that are paved in Moretown are state highways: Routes 2, 100 and 100B. I believe that the only section of road in Moretown that is paved (this has only been recently) is the beginning of Moretown Mountain Road (formerly Cox Brook Road) out of the village of Moretown. I believe that the paved section is all of two-tenths of a mile long. The rest of that road is dirt.

The gravel pit in Moretown village has been there forever as has the town garage. Yes, work has been done in that area as of late -- Moretown has a new town garage and the gravel pit has been rearranged a bit -- but nothing has changed in that area concerning the gravel pit in general. Those folks who are upset about the noise, perhaps should be happy that they live on a paved road. But that road has gravel upon it in the winter also. Instead of complaining, why not work to solve the problem of the back-up alarms? These alarms are required by law and the town has no say in where or when they should be used.

You folks made the decision to live in that area. You knew that the gravel pit was there before you purchased your property, so complaining now is like closing the barn door after all of the cows are out of the barn. As far as the road crew employees using too much sand -- try living on a dirt road or traveling a dirt road in the winter without the sand. You would be surprised how far you would not be able to go.

From me and a host of other people, thank you to the road crews for all of your work and dedication to your job to keep our roads safe to travel during all kinds of weather day or night or holiday.

 

Susan E. Swenson lives in Moretown.

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