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Parking Ban:Not In Effect
City Offices:Regular Hours
Schools:Regular Hours
Trash/Recycling:On Schedule
Human Service Programs:Regular Hours
Libraries:Regular Hours

Updates:

2/8/16 at 5:40 PM - The Snow Emergency Parking Ban will be lifted at 6 PM tonight, Monday, February 8. Residents who are parked in a facility that allows parking during snow emergencies should exit the facility by 8 PM, unless there was signage at the facility indicating an alternate time to exit by. Residents who are parked at Cambridgeside Galleria can leave their cars overnight but should exit the garage by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9.

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    Winter FAQs

    How soon do residents/businesses need to remove ice and snow from sidewalks?

    Ice needs to be removed within 6 hours from the time it forms, per City Ordinance. Snow needs to be removed within 12 hours after snow stops falling during the day and before 1pm if it snowed during the night, per City Ordinance.

    Public Works and the Traffic Department work together to enforce this Ordinance. Parking Control Officers in the Traffic Department conduct enforcement on priority pedestrian routes throughout the winter, and Public Works Compliance Officers investigate all complaints received of uncleared sidewalk.

    The fine for failing to comply with the City’s sidewalk clearance ordinances is $50/day for each day of non-compliance. Even if you aren’t around, it is your responsibility to ensure someone clears sidewalks and ramps next to your property.

    We all have a shared responsibility for keeping our community safe and accessible during winter weather. For you, your neighbors, people with strollers or using wheelchairs, and the many people in Cambridge who walk, please do your part.

    What does a "cleared" sidewalk look like?

    We all have a shared responsibility for keeping our community safe and accessible during winter weather. How to be sure you are in compliance with the City's Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance:

    • Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
    • Make the path wide enough for someone using wheelchair, walker or stroller (at least 3 feet, preferably 4 feet). Clear snow to curb to avoid placing trash and recycling containers behind snow banks. 
    • Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access your trash barrels and recycling toters and they are not behind snow banks.
    • Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks.
    • Stock up on ice melter before a storm. Use ice melter with calcium chloride (CaCl2), which is the best choice for the environment and only a small amount is required to melt ice. Potassium chloride (KCl) is okay, too. Avoid rock salt (NaCl or sodium chloride), which kills plants and trees.
    • Do not use sand. It doesn’t help pedestrians; but it makes hard ice more slippery. It gets into street drains and is expensive to clean up in the spring.
    • Remember that, for people on foot, ice can be worse then snow. It can cause dangerous falls. You are as responsible for ice as you are for snow.
    • Keep street drains clear of snow (to avoid ponding/ icing at the bottom of ramps)
    • Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk. Remember: pedestrians need safe, clear sidewalks all year long, so be mindful of anything—hedges, trees, parked cars— that obstructs their path of travel. Keeping sidewalks passable is the neighborly thing to do, and it’s the law.

    The fine for failing to comply with the City’s sidewalk clearance ordinances is $50/day for each day of non-compliance. Even if you aren’t around, it is your responsibility to ensure someone clears sidewalks and ramps next to your property.

    See below for examples:

    Not in Compliance

    Snowy Sidewalk

    In Compliance

    Cleared Sidewalk

    Am I required to clear my sidewalk if I am elderly and/or have a disability?

    If you are a homeowner on a low income and/or you are elderly or have a disability, you may qualify for the City’s Snow Exemption Program, in which case the City will shovel your sidewalk. To find out whether you are eligible, please call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY).

    If you do not qualify for an exemption, the Council on Aging can provide you with a limited list of professional snow removal companies and a list of students who want to earn money by shoveling – you contact the student yourself and negotiate a price.

    Does the City provide salt for residents to use for melting ice?

    The City provides salt for use by residents in several locations throughout the city. Please be considerate: take only what you need to get through the current snow or ice event.

    Locations of Salt Barrels:

    Fire Departments

    • Engine 1, Headquarters on Broadway
    • Engine 4, Mass Avenue @ Blake Street
    • Engine 9, Lexington Avenue

    Libraries

    • Concord Avenue, at 245 Concord Avenue
    • Heritage Branch, at 48 Sixth Street
    • North Cambridge, at 70 Rindge Avenue
    • Central Square, at 45 Pearl Street

    Other Locations

    • Area IV Youth Center, at 243 Harvard Street
    • Sleeper Park, at Cedar & Norris Streets
    • Cambridge Cemetery, at 76 Coolidge Avenue
    • Danehy Park Parking Lot, on Sherman Street
    • Lenny Russell Bridge, at Huron Avenue and Aberdeen Avenue
    • East End House, at 105 Spring Street
    • Sacred Heart Church, Otis & 6th Streets
    • All municipal parking lots

    How can I report an icy/unshoveled sidewalk?

    You can report the address of unshoveled or icy sidewalks using our online reporting form or by calling the snow hotline at 617-349-4800.

    All reports will be inspected by Traffic or Public Works' staff, and a ticket will be issued if the property is found to be in violation of the Snow Ordinance.

    How can I find out if the City has declared an emergency parking ban?

    When a snow emergency is declared information is available as soon as possible at 617-349-4700, posted on City's homepage, Snow Center, social media accounts, and on 22 CityView.

    You can also sign up for CodeRed to receive snow emergency alerts via voice, text or email message.

    View a list and map of streets where parking is prohibited during a snow emergency and locations where free parking is available during a declared snow emergency.

    How can I find out if school is closed due to snow?

    For information about school closings please call the 24-hr recorded school link line at 617-349-6513, check the Cambridge Public School's homepage, or watch 22-CItyView.