Winter Parking Restrictions & Snow Removal

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Winter Parking Information

Winter Parking Regulations may be imposed between December 1st and April 1st during each winter season.

During a DECLARED SNOW EMERGENCY, the ODD/EVEN parking restrictions will be enforced.

The proper side of the street to park on is determined by the year in which the Winter Regulations begin.

This winter, for example, the regulations began on December 1, 2017, therefore parking is required on the ODD numbered side of the street unless otherwise restricted.

The Chief of Police can suspend both side parking if there are traffic and safety issues.

Parking Restrictions During Declared Snow Emergencies

During a declared snow emergency, all vehicles must be parked on the ODD side of the street this winter season unless otherwise posted or exempted. All emergency arteries will have no parking until the snow emergency is lifted.

Vehicles parked in violation shall be ticketed and towed. During the Snow Emergency, winter parking restrictions shall be in effect on all streets, 24 hours a day, until the Snow Emergency is lifted.

This will make easier for our DPW to properly clean the streets with their equipment. We need to keep the roads accessible for emergency vehicles. As always, we appreciate your cooperation.

The following streets are designated as emergency arteries and parking is not allowed during a snow emergency:

Boston Avenue, Central Avenue, College Avenue from George Street to Boston Avenue, Forest Street, Fulton Street, George Street, Governors Avenue, Grove Street, Hancock Street, Harvard Avenue, Harvard Street, High Street, Lawrence Road, Main Street, Medford Street, Mystic Avenue from Main Street to Crescent Street, Playstead Road, Riverside Avenue, Salem Street, Spring Street, Washington Street, Webster Street, Willis Avenue, Winthrop Street and Woburn Street.

Snow Policies and Procedures

A snow emergency may be declared based on existing snow and predicted snow fall with pedestrian & public safety in mind. City officials will closely monitor storm forecasts through various channels and once a decision is made, we will provide necessary information to the community. Once a snow emergency is declared, residents will be notified via multiple lines of communication as provided below.

Communication of a Snow Emergency

Alerts: Citywide alerts issued by phone, email, and/or text message to subscribed users. Community members are urged to subscribe to this system to receive updated information about these and other important messages from the City.

Local media: Information is distributed to local and regional print, radio and TV news media for posting to their sites.

Social media: Postings on City social media feeds, including Facebook- Mayor Burke’s Facebook page & City of Medford Facebook page and Twitter- Mayor Burke’s Twitter & City of Medford’s Twitter

City website: Alerts posted to the City website homepage

Removal of snow and ice

Please note: There is a new decision of the MA Supreme Judicial Court regarding the removal of snow and ice – landowners must reasonably make sure that their property is clear of any snow and ice that could cause injury to others, regardless of whether the snow came from Mother Nature or from a plow or other source.

Note: the TENANT OR OCCUPANT is responsible for the removal of snow and ice from the sidewalk adjoining their property. If the property is unoccupied, the PROPERTY OWNER is responsible for this maintenance.

Any person shall not throw or put, or cause to be thrown or put, any snow or ice into any street in the city.

Note Regarding SHOVELED or RESERVED Parking Spots on Public Streets: There is an existing ordinance about placing structures on the street for any reason without a permit from DPW, (which may include reserved spots you may have shoveled out). The POLICE simply do not have the personnel nor the time to enforce this ordinance. Medford DPW can go out (after it receives authorization) and make a concerted effort to remove all structures from the street that are being used to reserve spaces. This is not a common practice and once again depends on time & resources. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT suggests the public exercise due restraint, fairness and common sense over disputed PUBLIC parking spaces.

Parking Spots Unofficially Reserved by Citizens

ALSO (for those who attempt to reserve a public parking spot because they shoveled it) please NOTE: No Public Parking Spaces Are Reserved (unless officially posted). Saving parking spaces is a sensitive subject in any neighborhood, officially no objects can be placed on a city street for whatever reason to reserve a parking spot.

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