After a major snowstorm, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will clear streets as soon as possible, starting with major arteries. Please don’t take it personally if we plow snow back into your driveway, but as we work to keep streets passable, it is often unavoidable. The City’s goals of keeping streets open, returning streets and sidewalks to safe, travelable conditions quickly and keeping them clear and accessible can only be accomplished with your participation.
Property Owners Must Clear Sidewalks
Property owners are required by City Ordinance 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. They must also remove or melt all ice within 6 hours of the time it forms. Please note that there is a 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.
* Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
* Make path at least 3 feet wide
* Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks
* Chop or melt all ice
* Keep street drains clear of snow
* Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk.
If you are disabled and/or elderly and qualify as a low-income resident, you may be eligible for an exemption. Call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY) to learn more.
Let’s keep Cambridge a walking City all year long!