The Department of Public Works is responsible for ensuring that the City’s 231 miles of roadway surfaces are safe and passable. Streets that have one travel lane accessible for a front-wheel-drive car are defined as “passable” even if the street is snow-packed. Streets are defined as “clear” when the pavement is bare, or all travel lanes are open and clear.
Click the above picture for the Emergency Operations Snow Brochure.
In order to get roads open as quickly as possible, DPW operates plowing and snow removal efforts on a 24-hour schedule.
During snow emergencies, the Emergency Operations Center will be opened for storm coordination and communications with a 6”+ snow forecast, and in cases of a lower snow total with other factors such as extreme cold for extended periods, dangerous wind or driving conditions, or other public safety factors.
A parking ban may be declared in the downtown area (Zone A), on all posted snow emergency routes (Zone B), and in residential areas, to assist with snow removal operations. Once declared, a parking ban prohibits parking on both sides of the street in the downtown area, as well as on posted snow emergency routes. During a declared parking ban in residential areas (Zone C), parking is only allowed on the even side of the street. Parking bans also require that no parking is allowed within 25 feet of any intersection, fire hydrant or bus stop.
Or call 203-946-8221 (Emergency Operations Center) or 203-946-7669 (Snow Line)
for direct snow updates and parking ban information.
Violations during declared parking bans may result in ticketing and/or towing. Following these rules during parking bans will greatly assist and maximize DPW’s snow removal efforts:
Post-storm trash and recycling collections - Residents must have all snow removed from on top and around their toters when placing them at the curb for scheduled pick up. If snow-covered, toters will be left full until the next regularly scheduled collection. Be sure to follow any storm-related changes to refuse collections on the city website, See Click Fix alerts, and other media outlets.