Salting and Plowing
Public Works will clear the streets as soon as possible. Our goals are to chemically treat all major arteries within three hours of when snow begins, to keep main arteries plowed during all stages of a storm, and to clear all streets and the sidewalks bordering City property once a storm has stopped. Please be patient. We do try to prioritize, doing main arteries and main streets first, but we will plow and salt all streets.
During a storm Public Works will deploy as many as 100 pieces of snow plowing equipment to begin clearing snow. Initially these plows are simply clearing a section of each roadway to allow for safe passage. As the storm begins to wind down, these same vehicles will continue in their assigned routes, pushing snow as far back to the curb line or line of parked cars on all of the City streets. From the start of the storm and usually well into the next day, we will push back snow many times on the same streets to clear snow to the maximum extent possible.
To make a street plowing/salting request, please call the Operations Center at 617.349.4800 or 617.349.4846 to report the location.
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