Basic Snow Information
The Newton Department of Public Works clears snow and ice from all 300+ miles of its roads, 80+ miles of public sidewalk, a portion of State Route 9 from Parker Street to Chestnut Street, and 15 municipal parking lots.
Street Plowing Operations
Streets and parking lots have been divided into 94 individual plow routes that are plowed using different size pieces of equipment operated by both City employees and contractors. Each route is plowed in a specific sequence and made passable as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once the storm is over, the routes ar widened out by pushing snow back to the curb line and clearing intersections. In general, the intent is to have all of the streets cleared within 8 hours after the storm has ceased.
Sidewalk Plowing Operations
Sidewalks have been divided into 6 individual plow routes using wheeled and tracked sidewalk plow machines operated by both City employees and contractors. Each route is plowed in conjunction with the street operation and typically requires longer to complete. In addition, City hand crews move around the City during the storm, clearing specific bus stops, wheelchair ramps, pathways and street corners.
Winter Parking Restrictions
Beginning November 15th thru April 15th, you are not allowed to park on any City street for longer than one hour between the hors of 2am and 6am. If a 'snow emergency' is declared, parking is not allowed on any City street and vehicle owners may be ticketed or their cars towed.
If you own a residential building or lot adjacent to a public sidewalk, you are required by City Ordinance to clear snow and ice from the walk and access ramps within 30 hours after a snow storm has ceased. If you own a business that is adjacent to a public sidewalk, you are required to clear the sidewalk within 24 hours. View the complete City Ordinance.
Check the City website for storm updates. You may receive a 'robocall' from the City providing specific instructions related to a pending snowstorm or during an event. Remember these general guidelines prior to, during and after a snowstorm: (1) Make certain your vehicle is off the street during a declared 'snow emergency'; (2) You are allowed to park your vehicle in a
public municipal lot - check with the Police Department; (3) It is illegal to 'reserve' cleared parking spaces - objects placed in spaces will be removed; (4) Please do not pile snow onto sidewalks, corners or wheelchair ramps; (5) While digging out, think safety and clear around hydrants and fire call boxes. If possible, clear snow from surface catch basins so melting snow can run off; (6) It may be necessary for DPW forces to restrict parking along a particular street in order to remove snow. Pl
ease be prepared to adhere to these instructions so the City can perform their work; (7) Trash and recycling collection will continue during a snowstorm unless you are notified so check the City website for instructions. Please do not leave trash or recyle bins in the sidewalk as this will interfere with sidewalk snowplowing operations.