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Dover, DelDOT Reach Agreement Over Snow Removal

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DOVER, Del.- After a major snowstorm pounded the Dover area last month residents complained that many streets that were usually plowed were covered with snow. On Thursday, DelDOT and the city came together to try and make sure that does not happen again.

During the storm, heavy snow created white out conditions. Several days after the storm, roads were still covered with snow, angering many residents.

Long-time Dover resident Elizabeth Dunn said, "The roads were atrocious. I've never seen the roads worse. Never seen the roads worse."

Dunn said it even took days to clear the main roads that lead to Kent General Hospital.

"I had to take my father to the hospital and Governors Avenue was so bad, he was in so much pain from all the bumps from the snow," she said.

After the storm, city officials said DelDOT had always cleared some city roads. DelDOT said an agreement stated they only had to clear some roads in Dover, and because the storm was so severe they did not clear roads they usually plowed.

After the meeting on Thursday, Both sides agreed that under a 1984 agreement, DelDOT did not have to clear roads like State Street or Governors Avenue.

Dover Mayor Carleton Carey told WBOC that plans are now in place to clear roads in the event of another snowstorm. Under the plan, the state will continue to plow some city roads. The city will then take the responsibility of clearing some roads that have been recently annexed into city limits.

"Yes. We're straightened out. We're in complete agreement," Carey said. "We'll take care of what's supposed to be done. It will be taken care of properly."

Carey also said that if snow falls on Friday, the city will be responsible for clearing it off the roads.

DelDOT and Dover officials could meet again next week to finalize the new plan.

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