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A lot of people have been complaining about the plowing in Worcester. I’m not usually the type to gripe about city services, but this is a special occasion, because the roads in Worcester blow. I have no idea why they are the way they are, but the bottom line is that it snowed like four days ago – the major piles of snow should be cleaned up by now. But they’re not. We wanted to find out if other towns are feeling our pain, so we did a little tour de-Worcester County today. It was mostly southern Worcester County, but we hit up every town that borders Worcester from every direction as well.
We’re gonna rank the following 20 towns from first to worst to determine which towns do the crappiest job of plowing their roads: (in the order we travelled) Auburn, Oxford, Dudley, Charlton, Leicester, Spencer, Paxton, Holden, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Westboro, Upton, Grafton, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Douglas, Webster, Sutton, Millbury.
The roads in Douglas are so pristine you could eat Sunday dinner off of them. There can’t be more than a couple thousand people who live there, but I think everyone there owns a plow, because they were EVERYWHERE. It’s especially noticeable when you’re entering Douglas from Uxbridge:
and then the road magically gets completely clear
Auburn does an awesome job with their roads. It was snowing when we first started and the plows were already out in full force
Every road in Auburn is clean. Even the crappy roads that no one uses unless they’re going to the Millbury Mall, like McCracken Road. Here’s what McCracken Rd looks like in Millbury
and here’s a quarter mile down the road in Auburn
Uhhhhhh. So hot.
Westboro touches Upton, which was a complete disaster. Here’s what a road half a mile from the Westboro border looks like
then here’s that same road right after you cross the border into Westboro
That’s a nice piece of asphalt right there.
I don’t think there’s many roads in Boylston, and the only reason you’d ever go there is to get stiff Mai Tais at the Dragon, so naturally the roads were in tip-top condition.
This was the biggest town we went to today, so I was expecting it to be one of the worst. But it’s Shrewsbury – you know they were gonna do it nicely. We tried to stay off the main roads as much as possible, because you know those would be cleared. But even the side roads in Shrewsbury were all pretty solidly maintained.
I thought Holden would be #1 on this list. I still got it ranked pretty high, but I dunno, I’d like to see some more asphalt.
Once again we tried to avoid the main roads like 122 in Northbridge. So we travelled over Hill and Lindon Streets, which get you where you’re going but certainly aren’t the major roads. There was still some crud on the ground in a lot of places, but the bottom line is you could drive through it no problem.
8. West Boylston
They’re all right around the same at this point. Good enough to drive on, but not good enough to eat off of. Either way, give me these roads in Worcester any day of the week.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with Webster. After all, it’s Webster. I had zero expectations going in and was fully expecting them to be last place. The main roads however were pristine, and even small, narrow side roads got the job done.
Oxford was an average plow job town, but it looked a lot better because it’s surrounded by crap happy plow job towns. Like when you’re on Route 56 in Oxford it doesn’t look like anything special
But then immediately when you cross the town line into Leicester it turns into Bosnia
Same thing when you’re traveling down Dudley-Oxford Rd in Oxford. Doesn’t look like anything special
until you cross the town line and enter this nightmare
The Oxford Streets are like the average girl who hangs out with all the fat girls so that guys will think she’s hot. They’re really nothing special, but they’re a lot better than the alternative.
Paxton is kind of in the same boat as Oxford. I expected the roads to be glorious and Douglas-like. And there wasn’t anything wrong with them. Like Route 31 in Paxton wouldn’t win plow job of the year or anything
until you look at what the road looks like a mile to the south in Spencer
Good God. I guess Paxton wasn’t that bad after all.
This is another town that people talked up like it was gonna be the belle of the ball. It was aight. The more heavily trafficked roads were fine
but the further away from the center of town you get, the crappier the roads get
This is another town I had lofty expectations for. Grafton seems like a place that’s way too good for me. I expected their roads to be equally as unattainable, but for the most part I was pretty unimpressed.
Charlton wasn’t very good. But luckily for them they border Dudley. Here’s Route 31 in Dudley:
and here it is in Charlton
Once again, nothing special, but when you’re next to the fat girl your stock automatically improves.
Uxbridge borders two towns that are pretty well-plowed – Douglas and Northbridge. So right off the bat it was gonna be tough to compete with them. But even without that stiff competition these roads are pretty crappy.
I’m shocked Sutton is this low. Shocked. I assume everyone in Sutton is a rich person who owns a dairy farm. Their roads should be top 3 at worst. The main roads are pretty solid
But the side roads are suck bag city.
Be better than that Sutton.
Hey, at least they’re not last!! I hate to keep picking on Spencer, but what can you say about roads like these?
Well, at least you have the Spencer Fair and the Summer Nationals to look forward to. Oh, and maybe a sale at Whitco.
Apparently in Leicester the policy towards the recent storm was, “fuck it – we’ll get em next time.” Because Leicester looks like what I imagined it would look like after the apocalypse.
I thought I was gonna crash too many times to count in Upton. It’s bad enough the roads in that town are all too narrow to begin with, but there were some streets that make the streets of Vernon Hill look like the greatest plow jobs ever.
Holy shit. Whatever you do, don’t go to Dudley until the spring because you’ll probably die. I don’t think I saw a nice piece of asphalt in that entire town. On Dudley-Oxford Road some clown coming from the opposite direction nearly hit me after fishtailing all over the road.
Get your shit together Dudley.
We’re gonna try to do 2o more towns tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Let us know if your town is worth visiting or if we gave your town a bad rap on here.
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