Some Advice for Snowy Weather

As any Melrose resident will know, winter weather conditions can be treacherous in this area. As the snow begins to fly, the Department of Public Works would like to remind everybody of the city’s laws and safety regulations regarding snowy and icy conditions.

During snow emergencies, our plow operators are hard at work getting our roadways back to safe driving conditions. An unfortunate but necessary drawback to keeping the roads and sidewalks clear is that snow will often be plowed in front of driveways. This is a simply unavoidable result of plowing the roads; please understand that it is not done on purpose. It is the property owner’s responsibility to remove this snow.

There are several steps residents can take to make the plowing process go more smoothly for everyone involved. Narrow, steep streets are particularly difficult for our equipment to navigate, so please avoid parking in these areas during a snowstorm. Please do not park your car in any spot that may inhibit the plowing of streets, such as across the front of driveways. If the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency Parking Ban, no vehicles are allowed to park on any streets. Violators will be subject to ticketing and possible towing. Moving snow and/or ice onto public roads or sidewalks is also illegal and punishable by fine.

If your driveway entrance or grass strip appears to have been damaged by our plows, please call the City Yard at 781-665-0142. Private mailboxes damaged during snow plowing are the property owner’s responsibility to repair. Additionally, it’s important that basketball hoops and other obstructions are not left on the street in winter months.

Private businesses are required to clear all public sidewalks on their property of snow and ice. Residents are also requested to clear their sidewalks. Please clear all snow from fire hydrants and catch basins near your house, as access to both is important to prevent emergencies. If you wish, you may obtain winter salt/sand mix at the City Yard, located at 72 Tremont Street, during normal working hours only. Please do NOT enter the yard during snow emergencies; it is dangerous due to all of the DPW vehicles coming and going during storms.

Most importantly, please be safe! Avoid driving in snowstorms whenever possible, and be mindful of weather conditions. Please remember that we are doing everything we can to keep our roadways clear and our citizens safe. “Winter storm situations are a time when a community must work together. Shoveling hydrants, clearing catch basins, checking on neighbors, and making sure sidewalks are kept clear and accessible to walkers – including children trying to get to school – are all ways in which you can work together with the DPW to make Melrose a safer community during the winter season,” said DPW Director John Scenna. You may contact the DPW City Yard with questions related to snow safety and rules at 781-665-0142.

For more detailed information, check the Melrose Snow Manual.

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