Curious About An Unshoveled Sidewalk At West Roxbury Station

WEST ROXBURY (CBS) – It would be easier to deal with this storm if there wasn’t already so much snow on the ground.

Ben noticed one potentially dangerous situation in West Roxbury. He Declared his Curiosity, writing, “At the West Roxbury Commuter Rail stop, the MBTA cleaned the stairs to get to the station, but instead of clearing the sidewalk, they made a path straight from the stairs into the middle of the street.”

It turns out the well-shoveled and salted path leads right to busy LeGrange Street. The sidewalk to either side is invisible, covered by a deep pile of snow and ice.

“You can’t make the turn here, there’s no sidewalk, so you have to cross right here without a crosswalk, and LeGrange is a really busy street, so I’m running across the street with two kids in a stroller,” said West Roxbury resident Amy Kiley.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

“I know residents, business owners, they have to clean up the sidewalks in front of their houses and businesses,” said Ben Freiberg, a medical student who takes the T from West Roxbury every day.

Freiberg said he submitted a complaint to the MBTA, because the sidewalk abuts the train station and parking lot. He said a representative from the MBCR, which operates the commuter rail for the MBTA, responded, saying it’s not their responsibility.

It turns out that the MBCR (which handles the Commuter Rail for the MBTA), the MBTA, and city all claimed they are not responsible to clear the sidewalk.

The city maintains that there are no exceptions to the city ordinance that requires property owners to keep their sidewalks clear. The MBCR, meanwhile, claims they have not been historically responsible for clearing sidewalks over the last several years. The MBTA said they are not responsible because they are exempt from most local ordinances.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo added the T does clear sidewalks where people can’t safely access a station. He said crews would consider clearing other parts of an abutting sidewalk if there is equipment and time.

MBCR spokesman Scott Farmalant said clearing the sidewalk below the West Roxbury station is not something the MBCR has historically done, and no one has complained until now. He said a review is underway to determine who is responsible.

Amy Kiley said she doesn’t care which party is responsible– one of them should just shovel it.

“I don’t care who it is. They should just get it done.”

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  • Alan Kurpaska

    Someone needs to fall and sue the MBTA.

  • emom

    Oh and WHO IS to shovel these sidewalks,, HHHHMMMM<, WHO,,, ahhhh 4 storms each dumping between 8 to over a foot and yhour want the private sector folks to do what,, so freakin glad I dont have to,,, this is a job for those sideway plows ,, SO GLAD MY TOWN DOES THAT ,,,,THEY AT LEAST EARN THEIR KEEP AND WORK FOR IT, Now if they would just go around and search out the hydrants,, they are so covered under 10' of frozen stuff its impossible to get thru it,,,

  • response

    Does someone actually need to be responsible for it in order for it to get done?
    It should just be done.
    emom- with regards to fire hydrants, if there is one in your neighborhood, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to dig them out. There are two in my neighborhood that get shoveled by various people depending on who can but they always get done. Taking 10 minutes out of your day could save someone’s home.

  • emom

    with all due respect response, over the years living on my street I have seen many times the fireman come after everystorm and shovel them out, At what point has it become the publics responsibility to do city work, I would not mind, but after spending 4 hours on my house clearing my walk way and drive way I personally am tired, after todays storm, the snow was like cement,and since I can not locate the hydrants it makes it difficult to clear, I wish there was a better solution but wonder why the town stopped in the first place

  • response

    emom, not once in the twenty years I have owned my home have the fireman come and clear the hydrants…residents do it.
    If it continues to be done every storm, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s called helping your neighbor.
    Hopefully we will never use it, but it’s there if necessary.

  • emom

    Response, with all due respect, not sure where your from, but here in this state of massachusetts firemean most certainly DID come out after the snow storms and clear the hydrants in their city and or town, I have lived in 3 differnt towns and a city ,, Jamaica plain was the city and YES I would see fireman in one of those small repair trucks go around the neighborhood and clear the hydrants, that was thru the 60″s and 70’s later in the suburbs where your neighbor could have been at least a 1/4 mile away again fireman in repair trucks would come around and clear they hydrants, and now in my currant town near, weymouth, YES they also came out on my street and cleared the hydrants, but in the last 5 or so years it had stopped so again WHY

  • emom

    Oh and as for the neighbors ,,, PPPFFFFF, they cant even help stop throwing the snow in the street, I mean is it to much to ask to shovel and just throw it in your yard, I do , as for the hydrants lets see, they had flags like 3 different times, But since the GIANT back hoes come around and drop huge scoops of snow over them the flags break off, I actually did see a flag , well the tip of one in a snow bank on a main road, lets see, wonder why it was not uncovered, maybe because the town covered it, sorry if this frustrates some , but again why do the home owers have to take care of what the town installs ,, We pay our taxes for them to maintain EQUIPPMENT , so why dont they maintain them they flush them dont they , so whats wrong with clearing them …. Oh I know BUDGET CUTS,,,,

  • emom

    Oh one more thing, Guess what I saw a town , no wait 4 towns here on the south shore do,, hhhmmmm, something so many try to claim is the responsibility of , yes the home owner once again… ANother not in my deed agreement,,,,,, The town sidewalks have been cleared, oh yeah BY THE TOWN, WITH A SMALL SIDEWALK PLOW they ride in ,,, oh and so many said they dont do that,, HHMMMM was it aliens, nope it is a special plow about the width of sidewalks, and a town dpw worker is driving it,, ahhhhh I guess I must know something,,,,

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