Additional Snow Resources And Information
From November 15 through April 15 overnight parking on City streets is prohibited for longer than one hour between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
During winter storms, the Chief of Police may declare a 'snow emergency" during which time parking is banned on all City streets. Cars may be ticketed and towed if they are blocking street clearing. See Snow Emergency section below for more information.
Sanding & Plowing Operations
The Newton Department of Public Works is responsible for sanding and plowing more than 300 miles of streets, 15 municipal parking lots and approximately 87 miles of sidewalk. Main arteries, collector streets, hills and bridges receive priority-attention due to traffic volume, and/or potential safety hazards.
The streets in Newton have been divided into 94 plow routes. During snowstorms, the streets on each route are plowed in sequence and made passable as quickly as possible. When the Storm abates, the plow operators 'widen out' all streets by pushing the accumulated snow back to the curb line and clearing the intersections. In general, it is the goal of the Department to have all streets fully cleared within eight hours after an average storm has ceased.
Property owners are requested to ensure that snow is not plowed from their driveways into a City street, in violation of City ordinances.
Sidewalk Clearing/Snow Shoveling
All property owners are required by ordinance to clear the walks adjacent to their property to ensure safe pedestrian passage. This applies to sidewalks in both residential and business areas. This should be done within 30 hours of the end of a storm.
No persons shall place or permit or cause to be placed snow or ice upon any street, sidewalk or bridge (except that snow or ice removed from a sidewalk may be piled up on the adjoining gutter.) Property owners can be fined for this starting at $100.
No persons shall place or permit or cause to be placed snow or ice upon any street, sidewalk or bridge (except that snow or ice removed from a sidewalk may be piled up on the adjoining gutter.)
Whenever there is a snow storm of 4" or greater, the City of Newton will plow approximately 80 miles of sidewalk on major roadways with heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The city is also responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to all city property.
Sidewalk Snow Shoveling Exemption Request Form: SidewalkSnowShovelingExemptionRequestForm1013.docx
Snow Shoveler's List
Map of all Sidewalk Snow Plowing Routes
Pay-to shovel application
Volunteer Shovel Application
Sec. 26-8D NEW AMENDMENT: Trial Program for Removal of Snow and Ice From Sidewalks. Every owner or occupant of a building or lot of land abutting a paved sidewalk is required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk and handicap access ramps within 30 hours after storm has ceased.
Sec. 26-8 Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks in certain districts Owners and occupants of buildings abutting sidewalks in business districts must remove snow or ice from such sidewalks.
Sec. 26-9 Putting snow and ice upon streets, sidewalks and bridges No persons shall place or permit or cause to be placed snow or ice upon any street, sidewalk or bridge, except that snow or ice removed from a sidewalk may be piled up on the adjoining gutter.
Sec. 26-15 Obstructing free passage on sidewalks No person shall willfully or negligently obstruct the passage of pedestrians.
Sec. 26-16 Vehicles on sidewalks, etc. No person shall park upon or in any way obstruct a sidewalk so as to impeded snow clearance or pedestrian passage.
During winter storms, the Chief of Police may declare a 'snow emergency" during which time parking is banned on all City streets. Drivers who violate the 'snow emergency" by parking on City streets, so as to impede snow clearance during or immediately after a storm, will be ticketed and towed. Please listen to radio and/or television announcements to learn when a snow emergency is declared and when it is lifted. The parking prohibition is only in effect during the declared snow emergency.
At times, it may be necessary to remove snow from the village centers and municipal parking lots. Snow is not regularly removed from these areas, but only when the accumulation of snow or temperature forecasts warrant it for the safety of pedestrians and motorists. When snow removal is scheduled or in progress, temporary "Snow Removal" or "Emergency - No Parking" signs will be posted.
Catch Basins & Fire Hydrants
There are approximately 13,000 catchbasins and more than 2000 fire hydrants in Newton. Residents can help avoid potential problems by clearing catchbasins so that melting snow can run off, and by shoveling out nearby fire hydrants for public safety.
Trash & Recycling
The collection of trash and recyclables will continue during a storm. If collections are delayed, we will place a special notice on the website.
Hints for Coping with Winter Storms
Whenever possible, it is best to pile snow to the right of the driveway (as you face the street) to reduce the potential of having it re-deposited at the driveway opening when the plow passes.
When plowing or shoveling out driveways, wherever possible snow should be kept on the owner's property.
It should not be plowed onto the street, or across the street onto a neighbor's sidewalk.To avoid having to do the job twice, shovel the sidewalk after the storm has passed and the street has been cleared.
Older residents and persons with cardiovascular problems should consult a physician before shoveling snow.
Whether it is your driveway or the sidewalk for which you are responsible, or the more than 300 miles of roadway that the DPW is responsible for, snow clearance is an arduous and time consuming job. Please be patient. All streets will be cleared and all problems will be responded to as expeditiously as possible.
Please understand that the City is not able to shovel wind rows from your driveway which may be left by a snow plow, nor may a City vehicle plow private property.