Updated: Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013, 6:27 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013, 4:16 PM EST
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- The city of Bridgeport has been updating an online list of roads it says are passable but the problem is many residents say those roads are just the opposite. News 8 went to find out what kind of shape those roads are actually in.
"What do you think, you've been here," asked Rich Augustynowicz the owner of Bev Max Liquors.
"I think it doesn't look passable," said News 8's Ali Reed.
"It's not passable. It's very difficult," said Augustynowicz.
One of the streets listed is Wood Ave. but part of Wood Ave. hasn't even been touched by a snow plow.
"Not good as a major tax payer. We pay a lot of taxes in this city and nobodies addressed anything. I think it's ridiculous. I know it's not any bodies fault it snowed but the job could have been better done," said Augustynowicz.
News 8 asked the city's mayor to explain.
"We have about 260 streets that are passable now that are in various degrees of passability," said Mayor Bill Finch.
"How do you define passable," asked News 8's Reed.
"If you can get through in a 4-wheel vehicle or emergency vehicle we consider it passable," said Mayor Finch.
Most side roads have yet to be plowed but those that seem clear, well, let's just say looks can be deceiving.
While the street may look clear at first, you can drive a few feet down and see the rest of the street is covered in several feet of snow.
The mayor says the city is now using equipment loaned to it from as far away as Buffalo, New York. He says the extra help is speeding up the process.
"Yeah, somebody put pressure on them," said Dean of Bridgeport.
"Because the roads look better to you today," asked News 8's Reed.
"Yeah, so far. So far," said Dean.
The mayor says all secondary roads should be plowed out by Sunday.