Saturday, February 16, 2013
Clearing major roads, emergency routes is first priority; side streets are not plowed immediately during a snow event.
In preparation for a winter snow storm forecast to leave 6 inches to more than a foot of snow in Providence by tomorrow afternoon, Mayor Angel Taveras has declared a citywide parking ban beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, Saturday, February 16. The parking ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.
People who have tickets to shows on Sunday at the Providence Performing Arts Center or Trinity Repertory Theater, or who plan to be downtown for another event should plan extra time for travel and make arrangements to park in a private lot in the event that the parking ban is not lifted tomorrow.
The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel and activated outside vendors to respond to the storm.
Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Peter T. Gaynor will activate the City's Emergency Operations Center with PEMA staff at 8 p.m. tonight.
Snow showers will give way to steadier snow from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight, with near whiteout conditions possible after midnight into midday tomorrow. Winds gusts of up to 55 miles per hour are possible.
Mayor Taveras underwent a routine surgical procedure on Friday and will receive regular updates and monitor the City's snow response from home.
HOW WE PLOW
The City is responsible for clearing snow and ice on more than 421 miles of City-maintained roads in Providence. The first priority for crews during and immediately after a snowfall is to clear priority roads, including major arterial streets, bus routes, bus stops, and roads that access fire stations and hospitals. The second priority is to clear collector streets and routes leading to schools.
Side streets are not plowed immediately during a snow event. Once conditions have been stabilized on first- and second-priority routes, crews will begin to clear local streets. Residents should be prepared that some side streets will not be immediately cleared.
Residents with questions about snow cleanup after the snow stops falling are asked to call the City's Snow Hotline at 401-680-8080.
Residents who experience power outages during the storm should contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Residents are also warned to never touch downed power lines. It is safer to assume that all fallen lines are live electric wires. Residents are asked to immediately report downed power lines to National Grid or PEMA.
Property owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks. Snow must not be shoveled into public roadways.
Residents are asked to assist first responders by shoveling out fire hydrants adjacent to their property. Residents are urged not to rebury fire hydrants that have already been cleared.
Motorists are advised not to double park on streets, and not to park within eight feet of fire hydrants. Blocking fire hydrants and causing any delay of fire, police and other emergency vehicles is a serious public safety hazard.
For more information about snow removal in Providence, visit http://providenceri.com/snowready.