Updated Snow Emergency Alert Message for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

A Cambridge Snow Emergency Parking Ban Remains in Effect until 5 pm on Friday, Jan. 3. Parking is prohibited on streets signed No Parking during Snow Emergency. Towing operations will continue during the duration of the Snow Emergency Parking Ban. A list and map of these particular streets is available on the Traffic Department Website right side column under Snow - Parking & Sidewalk Enforcement. 

Updates on City Office Hours, Services, and Program Cancelations for January 3:

City Programs:        All City-sponsored evening programs for Friday, Jan. 3 have been cancelled.  

City Offices:            City offices will be closed on Friday, Jan. 3

Library:                    All Library branches will be closed Friday, Jan. 3.

Schools:                  Cambridge Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 3.  

Trash, Recycling and Christmas Tree Collection is still taking place this week, but will be one day behind regular schedule due to the New Year's holiday.

Recycling Center:    
The Cambridge Recycling Drop-off Center located at 147 Hampshire St. is expected to open on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. as scheduled.

Available Off-Street Parking during Declared Snow Emergencies:

Residents are responsible for moving their cars off the streets signed no parking during a declared snow emergency. Finding parking can be difficult. The parking facilities listed below have provided free parking during the period a declared snow emergency is in effect. Please check with the Traffic Department at 617-349-4700 for any updates or changes.

If a snow emergency has been announced that will take effect overnight, after 6 p.m. and before 7 a.m.; these parking facilities will be free starting at 6 p.m., rather than at the start of the snow emergency. This program is available to residents only; to use the free parking, your vehicle must have a resident permit.

Galleria Mall. Enter on Cambridgeside place, Between P.F Chang’s and Cheesecake Factory Entrance. Residents of East Cambridge can park for free in the Cambridgeside Galleria Garage when the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.

• First Street Garage. Enter on Spring Street. Parking is free if you have a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time when the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.

Green Street Garage, Central Square. Parking is free if you have a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time when the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.

• 52 Oxford Garage.
This is a Harvard owned and operated garage. When a Snow Emergency is declared it is open to City residents with a resident parking permit on a space available basis for no fee from the time when the declared snow emergency is in effect until one hour after the snow emergency is lifted. Space is limited, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. The University reserves the right to cease admittance due to capacity limitations and operation issues

• 65 Waverly Street. This is an MIT owned surface lot at the corner of Sidney, Waverly and Erie adjacent to Fort Washington Park. Parking is free with a resident permit from the start of the snow emergency until 2 hours after it has been lifted.

Register to Receive Snow Emergency Alerts via Land Line, Cell Phone, Text Message or Email
Visit Cambridge Alert Network and sign up for CodeRed.

Call 617-349-6513 or visit www.cpsd.us.

Safety Tips from Cambridge Fire Dept:

  • Help keep your family and neighbors safe by assisting in clearing snow from hydrants.
  • Parking is restricted at all times within 20 feet of an intersection; this is especially important during snow conditions.
  • Be aware that Fire, Rescue and EMS vehicles are larger than passenger cars. Leave adequate room for passage of Emergency vehicles on all right of ways.
  • Structures with direct vent boilers have exhaust and air intakes that need to be clear of snow to
    prevent possible carbon monoxide issues.

Before turning on vehicle, clear snow from tailpipes and open windows to avoid a potential carbon monoxide situation. See more on this on the Cambridge Public Health Dept. webpage, http://www.cambridgepublichealth.org/news/article.php?id=143

Once determined, ban lifted information will be sent to CodeRed subscribers, posted on the City of Cambridge Website and on 22-CityView, and will be available via a recorded message during non-business hours and live assistance during business hours at the Traffic Department number, 617-349-4700.

PLOWING OPERATIONS AFTER THE STORM: The Department of Public Works (DPW) will clear streets as soon as possible after a snow storm, starting with major arteries. Your patience and participation help the City return streets and sidewalks to safe, passable conditions as quickly as possible.

Ice and Snow-Free Sidewalks are Everyone’s Responsibility
City Ordinance requires property owners to remove snow from sidewalks next to their property or business within 12 hours of daytime snowfall and before 1 p.m. when it has fallen overnight. Property owners must also remove or melt all ice within 6 hours of the time it forms. There is a $50 fine for each day of non-compliance. If you are away, it is still your responsibility to ensure that someone clears sidewalks next to your property. Remember to:

  • Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
  • Clear snow to curb to avoid placing trash and recycling containers behind snow banks
  • Make path at least 3-4 feet wide (to enable wheelchair and/or stroller to pass through)
  • Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks
  • Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access your trash barrels and recycling toters and they are not behind snow banks.
  • Chop or melt all ice
  • Keep street drains clear of snow
  • Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk.

Residents may not use objects such as trash/recycling barrels, furniture items or any other item to save parking spots on public streets. These items will be treated as trash and disposed of by DPW.

Report it online at www.cambridgema.gov/snow or call the DPW Snow Hotline at 617-349-4903. You can also download Cambridge iReport app to you smartphone from www.cambridgema.gov/apps.

Snow Exemption Program
Disabled or elderly persons who qualify as low-income residents may be eligible for an exemption. Call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY) to learn more.

For more information, or to report an unshoveled or icy sidewalk, call 617-349-4903; use Cambridge iReport app on your smartphone or visit www.cambridgema.gov/snow



Visiting City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager